Saints’ Lives and Bible Stories for the Stage

A Bilingual Edition

Antonia Pulci

Saints’ Lives and Bible Stories for the Stage

Antonia Pulci

Distributed for Iter Press

Edited by Elissa B. Weaver
Translated by James Wyatt Cook
500 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9780772720733 Published September 2010
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
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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