When the Nurse Dies
The article discusses the Old Nurse in Sperone Speroni’s Canace (1542). Strong-willed and unscrupulous, she is very different from the minor figures in classical and vernacular tragedies; the innovations are mainly connected to the casual use of sources and the original way in which she expresses herself. The paper also considers Giovan Battista Giraldi Cinthio’s objections to the tragedy in 1550, as well as the replies of Speroni (1554-1558), Felice Paciotto (1581) and Faustino Summo (1590).
Keywords: Sperone Speroni; Giovan Battista Giraldi Cinthio; Canace; nurse; Renaissance tragedy; Ovid
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