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Saints’ Lives and Bible Stories for the Stage

A Bilingual Edition

This fresh translation of five plays securely authored by Antonia Pulci—one of the first published women writers in Renaissance Florence—reveals this gifted dramatist at her finest. Intended primarily for a convent audience, Pulci’s plays give us a fascinating glimpse into how theatrical expressions of female religiosity were animated by both exemplary female saints’ lives and contemporary debates over marriage and virginity. There is much to recommend in this new bilingual presentation. The translations sparkle; and Weaver’s elegant, erudite introduction and her publication of new archival materials not only enrich the historical record concerning Pulci’s life and works but also set it straight.
—Sharon Strocchia
Professor of History, Emory University

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"Weaver's new edition of the Italian texts together with James Wyatt Cook's revised English translations provide access for the first time into the Florentine world of Antonia Pulci's sacre rappresentazioni. Pulci, Weaver argues, may have been the first woman to see her works through the printing press, in a time when other women circulated their devotional works privately among their peers. Here, then, we have the work of a woman who uses her plays to give voices to women of various conditions, and who wants their voices—and her own—to be heard."

Nerida Newbigin, University of Sydney, Australia

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Editor’s Introduction 1
Texts and Translations 67
La Rappresentazione di Santa Domitilla 68
The Play of Saint Domitilla 69
La Rappresentazione di Santa Guglielma 144
The Play of Saint Guglielma 145
La Rappresentazione di San Francesco 230
The Play of Saint Francis 231
La Rappresentazione del figliuol prodigo 308
The Play of the Prodigal Son 309
La Rappresentazione della distruzione di Saul e il pianto di Davit 362
The Play of the Destruction of Saul and the Lament of David 363
Endnotes 444
Appendix 1: Inventory of the Tanini house in Via de’ Leoni 463
Appendix 2: Letter from Jacopa Tanini 468
Appendix 3: Fra Antonio Dolciati’s Introductory Letter of Dedication 470
Editor’s Bibliography 478
Index 493

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