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9th Annual International Congress

Mediterranean Studies Association

Genoa, Columbus & the Mediterranean

Università di Genova

Genoa, Italy

May 24-27, 2006






1.      Ex-Patriots Residing in Italy, 1920-1950

Chair: Elizabeth Mathias, St. John’s University

“Sounds of Sardinian Shepherds’ Oral Poetry: Ethnographic Insights from D. H. Lawrence in the Field”

Elizabeth Mathias

“Representing the Other in D. H. Lawrence’s Italian Travel Literature”

Antonio Traficante, York University, Toronto, Canada

“Outsider Artist Leonardo ‘Diobello’ Sileo”

Moyra Byrne, Washington, DC


2.      Italian Art

Chair: Marilyn Stokstad, University of Kansas

“Sandro Botticelli, Prodigal Piagnone

Barbara Watts, Florida International University

“Stylistic and Iconographic Considerations: The Lamentation in the Church of San Sepolcro, Milan”

Ellen L. Longsworth, Merrimack College

“Correggio's Patrons”

Maureen Pelta, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Giorgio Vasari’s Mercurial Allegory”

Liana de Girolami Cheney, University of Massachusetts, Lowell


3.      Rock Steady or Hanging Boulder? Turkey’s Precarious Geopolitics in the Mediterranean

Chair: Nevin Ates, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

“The Cultural Geopolitics of Being Mediterranean”

Galip B. Isen, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

Geostrategy Never Dies: Turkey’s Newly Acquired Position in the Middle East and

Eastern Mediterranean”

Ulke Aribogan, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

“Where Did the Boot Step and Where Did it Stop? Turkish-Italian Tension and Contention in the Mediterranean during the Mussolini Era”

Hilal Akgul, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey


4.      Shakespeare’s Britain: Interplay of Spaces

Chair: Susan O. Shapiro, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“‘Into the Wild’ in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Geraldo de Sousa

“Madness in Hamlet

Kenneth Khoury, School of Medicine,University of California, San Diego, and Richard Raspa, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

“Hamlet’s England”

David M. Bergeron, University of Kansas, Lawrence


5.      “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” Writing the Encounter of Old World and New World

Chair: Susan L. Rosenstreich, Dowling College

“Mapping the New World Body: Early Transpositions of Medieval Monstrosity”

Lynn Ramey, Vanderbilt University

Piri Reis’ New World: Columbus, the Mediterranean and the Ottomans”

Pascale Barthe, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

“German in Early Modern Transatlantic Studies

Dwight E. Raak Ten Huisen, Calvin College

“What Were They Thinking? Two contemporary Quebec Novelists Take on the Old World”

Susan L. Rosenstreich


6.      Stravinsky’s Pulcinella

Chair: Juan Francisco La Manna, State University of New York at Oswego

“Stravinsky’s Pulcinella: The Birth of a New Style”

Elizabeth La Manna, State University of New York at Oswego, and Juan Francisco La Manna

 Pulcinella: Massine’s Comedy Ballet”

Ligia R. Pinheiro, Wittenberg University


7.      The Bonds That Fray: Solidarity and Conflict in the World of the Cairo Geniza

Chair: Marina Rustow, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Commentator: Abraham L. Udovitch, Princeton University, New Jersey

“The Local and the Foreigner: The Power and the Limits of Cosmopolitanism in the Eleventh-Century Mediterranean

Jessica L. Goldberg, Stanford University, California

“Etiquette and Its Abuse in Medieval Rabbinic Politics”

Marina Rustow

“Port Cities and Pirate States: Conflict and Competition in the World of Indian Ocean Trade”

Roxani Eleni Margariti, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia


8.      The Mediterranean Horizon in Italian and Italian-American Cultural Practices

Chair: Norma Bouchard, University of Connecticut, Storrs, and Massimo Lollini, University of Oregon, Eugene

“Il Mediterraneo come ‘altrove’ nell’opera di Claudio Magris”

Andrea Ciccarelli, Indiana University, Bloomington

“The Return of Mediterranean Body-Politics? Old World Father vs. New World Daughter in Josephine Gattuso Hendin’s The Right Thing to Do

Marie Plasse, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts

“L’antico mare perduto di Umberto Saba”

Massimo Lollini

“The Mediterranean Between ‘nóstos’ and ‘éxodos’ in Montale’s Ossi di seppia

Norma Bouchard


9.      The Permeability of the Mediterranean: Reinvention and Self-Discovery in the Northern European Imagination

Chair: Ayesha Ramachandran, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

“Inventing the Post-Columbian World: Italy and America in Montaigne’s Essais

Ayesha Ramachandran

“Rossellini’s Naples, or the Reconstruction of Imperfect Italy”

Giuseppe Gazzola, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

“Proust’s Italian Visions”

Johannes Türk, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany


10.   The Reception and Impact of New-World Plants in Spain and Italy

Chair: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, University of London, UK

“Strange and Horrible Things: Reactions to New World Plants and Dietary Norms in Early Modern Italy

David Gentilcore, University of Leicester, UK

“Wonder Drugs of the New World in Mediterranean Medicine: Sassafras, Sarsaparilla, and Guaiac

Ken Albala, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California

“New-World Drugs and the Mediterranean in the 17th-18th Centuries: Some Aspects of Their Supply, Distribution, and Practical Impact in the Crown of Aragon”

Teresa Hughet Termes, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona


11.  A Bridge to the 21st Century: Italian Writers from the 1950s to Today

Chair: Giose Rimanelli, State University of New York at Albany

“The New Poetry Journal Altroverso and the Works of Young molisani Poets”

Luigi Bonaffini, Brooklyn College, New York

“A Mediterranean Writer Confronting a New Reality: Giose Rimanelli’s Benedetta in


Sheryl Lynn Postman, University of Massachusetts, Lowell


12.   El humanismo en Iberia y las Américas

Chair: Roxana Recio, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

Carnaval y festividad en la tradición triunfal: Siglos XIV y XV

Roxana Recio

“Los conquistadores como representantes de la providencia divina: los casos de Colón y de Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca”

Enrique Rodrigo, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

“Preguntas y Respuestas en el Cancionero General: un marco para algunas expresiones del humanismo castellano”

Filomena Compagno, Terracina

“Nobleza y literatura: Los tratados de nobleza en Castilla, 1556-1598”

José António Guillén Berrendero, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisbon, Portugal


13.   Ancient World: Greece and Rome


“Euripides’ Medea: Modern Psychiatry and the Construction of Madness”

Kenneth Khoury, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, and Richard Raspa, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Catiline, Northern Italy, and the Problems of the Late Republic”

Susan O. Shapiro, Utah State University, Logan

“Tibullus in Phaeacia: From an Island in the Middle of the Mediterranean Straight to Elysium”

Vaios Vaiopoulos, Ionion University, Corfu, Greece

Iasos: A Roman Harbor Town through the Middle Ages in the Light of New Archaeological Evidence”

Ufuk Serin, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey


14.   Medieval Literatures


“Lost in Translation: Searching for King Arthur among the Troubadours”

Caroline A. Jewers, University of Kansas, Lawrence

A l’alta fantasia que mancó possa: Dante and the Vision of the Paradiso

Eduardo Fichera, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“Le Cid’s Production of Arabic and the Foreign”

Samuel T. England, University of California, Berkeley

“On the Verge of Romance: Exogamy and Its Discontents in the Poema de mio Cid

Clara Pascual-Argente, Georgetown University, Washington, DC


15.   Spanish Literature: Iberia and the Americas

Chair: Frances Luttikhuizen, Barcelona, Spain

Tomás Rodaja—Cervantes’ Licenciado Vidriera—and the Grand Tour

Frances Luttikhuizen

“The Formation of a Mediterranean Identity in Don Quixote: Its Expansion to the Americas”

Joanna Courteau, Iowa State University, Ames

“Intricate Passages: Luis de Góngora, Spanish America, and the Poetics of Exile”

R. John McCaw, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


16.  Christopher Columbus I


“Inventing China: Marco Polo in Genoa”

Judy Schaaf, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

“Columbus and Japan”

David Abulafia, Cambridge University, UK

“‘The Grand Khan’ and ‘The Great Mogor’: India and Islam from Columbus to Coryat

Bindu Malieckal, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire

“The Admiral’s Vigil: Fiction and Reality”

M. Isela Chiu, Utah State University, Logan


17.  Christopher Columbus II


“The Delusions of Christopher Columbus”

Joshua B. Stein and Rachel Dannemiller, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

“Why Columbus Matters: The Evolution of an Icon in Literature and History”

Fred Misurella, East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania

“History, Heroism, and Spectacle in the Cinematic Representations of Christopher Columbus”

Phillip Drummond, New York University and University of California London Programmes, London, UK

“Sci-Fi Columbus: Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow

Sharon Cumberland, Seattle University, Washington


18.   Literature and Theater


“The Literary Renaissance in Navarre

Jaione Markaida, University of Pennsylvania

“The Emergence of the Professional Actress in Commedia dell’arte

Artemis Preeschl, Utah State University, Logan

“Unmasking Goldoni: Venetian Loyalty in the Reform of the Pantalone Mask”

Janine Sobeck, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah


19.   Franciscan Encounters


“Crociata e Diplomazia nel Mediterraneo del primo Trecento: Il francescano savonese Filippo Brusserio”

Elena Bellomo, Università Cattolica, Milan

“Selling Salvation: Juana de la Cruz (1481-1534) and the Marketing of Indulgenced Franciscan Girdles”

Ronald E. Surtz, Princeton University, New Jersey

“Mediterranean Encounters: Is She a Virgin or a Social Man? Franciscan Sightings of the

Balkan ‘Man-Woman’”

Aleksandra Djajic Horvath, European University Institute, Florence


20.   Monasteries and Jesuit Missions


“The Presence of Greek and Eastern Monks in the Western European Mediterranean and Central Europe”

Ioannis Panagiotopoulos, University of Athens, Greece

“The Italian Jesuits in Late Sixteenth-Century Japan”

Daniel T. Reff, Ohio State University, Columbus

“The Amazon and the Enlightenment”

Beatriz Helena Domingues, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil


21.  Renaissance History I


“Valladolid: Nexus for English-Spanish Relations in the 16th and 17th Centuries”

Robert G. Collmer, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

“‘Desiring to Go Learn of Virtue in Italy’: Re-examining Mediterranean Honor Culture through the Activities of Southern French and Italian Nobles, 1580-1635”

Brian Sandberg, European University Institute, Florence

“The Reinvention of an Imperial Past: The Rediscovery and Promotion of the Roman

Italica under the Spanish Habsburgs”

Zeynep Akture, Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, Athens, Greece


22.   Mediterranean History I


“The ‘Lingua Franca’ and ‘Consolato del Mare’: The Mediterranean as a Free Space of Contact in the Middle Ages”

Paolo Bernardini, Boston University, Massachusetts

“‘Saper la mente della soa Beatitudine’: Pope Paul II and the Ambassadorial Community in Rome (1464-71)”

Paul M. Dover, Kennesaw State University, Georgia

“Genoa and Lepanto (1571): The Importance of Strong Ships, Faithful Men, and Good Press: The Curious case of Doria, the Question of Corruption and Treachery, and the Challenge of Living Down Prevesa

Jenny Jordan, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

“The Battle of Lepanto (1571): The Sources of Defeat According to Ottoman Archival


Onur Yildirim, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey


23.  Mediterranean History II


“The War between the United States and Libya 1801-1805”

Giuseppe Restifo, Università di Messina

“The New Republic and the Italian Peninsula: A New Appraisal of a Two-Way Mediterranean and Atlantic Network, 1770-1840”

Luca Codignola, Università di Genova

“When the han Meets the Arcade—Passage: Issues of Discontinuity or Disruption in the Use of Public Space in the Levant”

Heleni Porfyriou, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per la Conservazione e la Valorizzazione dei Beni Culturali, Sezione di Roma


24.   Medieval History I


Ibn Khaldun and the Mediterranean World: Mediterranean North/Mediterranean South?

Clara Estow, University of Massachusetts Boston

“Cross-Cutting Circles: Medieval Mediterranean Muslim Minorities”

Brian A. Catlos, University of California Santa Cruz

“Genoese-Mallorcan Relation in the Thirteenth Century”

Larry J. Simon, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

“Discourses on Money and Monetary Management in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean: A Comparative Study of Islamic and Latin Scholars”

Olivia Orozco, European University Institute, Florence


25.  Mediterranean History III


“From Mediterranean to Atlantic: The Genoese-English Sea Routes of the 15th Century”

Enrico Basso, Università di Torino

“I crociati e il mare: pericoli, emozioni e impressioni nei ricordi del Sire de Joinville”

Giuseppe Ligato, Milan

“Il privilegio del re armeno Lewon II ai Genovesi (1288)”

Marco Bais, Università di Bologna

“Il Consolato della Repubblica Settinsulare”

Gerassimos Pagratis, University of Athens, Greece


26.   Medieval History III


“Why Did the Papacy Distrust Stephan Dushan of Serbia”

Joan Dusa, Los Angeles, California

Francesc de Cassassaja: A Mediterranean Merchant at the Service of the Kings of Aragon and Sicily”

Nuria Silleras-Fernandez, University of California Santa Cruz

“The Admiral and Carnival”

Carmelina Gugliuzzo, Università di Messina

“Genovesi a siviglia al tempo di Colombo”

Silvana Fossati Raiteri, Università di Genova


27.   Early Modern Mediterranean History


“The Venetians in the Cyclades under Latin, Byzantine and Ottoman Rule, 1204 to 1715”

John Villiers, University of London, UK

Un’Italiana in Algeri: Some Thoughts on Christian Slave Women on the Barbary Coast,


Robert Davis, Ohio State University, Columbus

“Three Cities on Water: Genoa, Naples, and Venice”

Anna Proudfoot, Oxford Brookes University, UK


28.   Turkish Music and Folklore


“Istanbul Meddah Stories”

Seyma Gungor, Istanbul University, Turkey

The Historical Development of the Music and Instruments in Mehter

Zeynep Barut, State Conservatory of Turkish Music, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

“Woman in Turkish Music from Ottoman Period to the Present”

Serife Guvencoglu, State Conservatory of Turkish Music, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey


29.   Music History


“Brazilian Composer M. Camargo Guarnieri: An Overview of His Nationalist Aesthetics through His Piano Solo Works and Art Songs”

Rubia Santos, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant

“A Brief History of Turkish Music from the 19th Century to the Present”

Nermin Kaygusuz, State Conservatory of Turkish Music, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

“The Final Techniques of Kemane and the Role of the Kemane Family in Turkish Folk Music”

S. Yücel Açin, State Conservatory of Turkish Music, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey


30.   History of Art


“Honor and Identity in Early Modern European Portraits (1550-1800)”

Virginia M. da Costa, West Chester University, Pennsylvania

“Christopher Columbus and Andrea Doria: The ‘Two Worlds’ of Renaissance Genoa”

George L. Gorse, Pomona College, California


31.   Film and Performance Studies

Chair: Ricardo Bigi de Aquino, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

Il Divismo in Postwar Italian Cinema: The Case of Gina Lollobrigida”

Ricardo Bigi de Aquino

“Frank Capra and Sicily”

Richard Bonanno, Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts

“Images of the Utopian Island from Columbus’ Diary and Shakespeare’s The Tempest to Popular Contemporary Cinema”

Patricia Nedelea, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

“The Empowerment of Reason: Consolation for Females Too”

Christos C. Evangeliou, Towson University, Maryland


32.   Contemporary Mediterranean Issues


“Africa in the First Global Economy”

Gwyn Campbell, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

“Past Influences and Modern Prospects for the Specialized Business Language Syllabus: The Case of Spanish

Ángel Felices Lago, Universidad de Granada, Spain

The Mediterranean Moat: Portcullis to Paradise?

Jackie Cannon, Oxford Brookes University, UK, and Fernando León Solís, Paisley University, UK

“Mediterranean Studies: Cui Bono?”

Eyüp Őzveren, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey


33.  Borders of the Mediterranean


“Quando i segni non hanno più senso: L’Ulisse senza risorse negli schemi di identità e perdita del sé: In margine a Itaca per sempre di Luigi Malerba”

Rita Venturi, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

“Utopia and Shifting Space”

Maria Antonietta Mariani, Centre for Social Studies, Rome

“Prime Considerazioni sull’immagine di Cristoforo Colombo nei siti web e nel manuali

scolastici italiani”

Luciano Gallinari, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Cagliari

“Bucking the Trend: Spain’s Welcome to Immigrants”

John Naylon, Keele University, UK


34.   20th-Century Literature


El oro de los sueños y la conquista de América: ¿sueño o pesadilla?”

Elsy Cardona, Saint Louis University, Missouri

“Silence, Sexuality and Modern Life in Merullo’s Revere Beach Boulevard

Mary Nicolini, Boston University, Massachusetts

“Towards a Transatlantic Concept of Cultural Memory: The Case of Latin American and Spanish Fiction”

Kristian Van Haesendonck, Villanova University, Pennsylvania


35.   Italian Immigration


“From the Coasts of the Mediterranean to the Shores of Lake Champlain: The Migration of the Italian Stone Workers to Vermont, 1880-1915”

Ilaria Bancoli Busdraghi, Middlebury College, Vermont

“Italian-American Immigrant Theatre in New York City”

Emelise Aleandri, New York City Department of Education

“The Collision of World History and Family History Part II: A Mountain Family”

Sheila Pelizzon, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey


36.   Mediterranean Issues in the 19th and 20th Centuries


“Napoleon and Italy in Stendhal’s La Chartreuse de Parme

James P. Gilroy, University of Denver, Colorado

“Mediterranean Problems in the Context of the International Aspects of the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939”

Vera Malay, Belgorod State University, Russia

“Humanities and Physics: A Quantum Leap?”

Joseph A. Agee, Morehead College, Atlanta, Georgia


37.   Modern and Contemporary Mediterranean Literatures


“Modern Rewriting of a Lost Medieval Manuscript: El turno del escriba and the Pains of Authorship

Aurora Lauzardo, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan

Beurettes’ Autobiographies: Intersectionality in Writing”

Hélène M. Julien, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York

“Life as a Muckheap: Becket Reads Leopardi”

Paul Ady, Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts