THE GOVERNESS BY VITALIANO BRANCATI A Post-Pirandello Sicilian Dramatist (a Translation from Italian into English)

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Translation by Jane House. This book is part of the multivolume Mellen collection of contemporary Italian drama, which comprises fourteen plays, of which thirteen are first translations. The collection, covering 1950 to 2001, includes introductions to the playwrights, production photographs, a general bibliography of works in English on Italian drama of the period, and bibliographies specific to the playwrights in each book. Jack D. Street wrote the general introduction to the collection. Foreword by Marvin Carlson.


“Thanks to Professors House and Street, the roots, trunk, and branches of mid to late 20th century Italian Drama, mostly for the first time, are here revealed. Jack Street’s eminently readable introduction provides the social context in which the “new” perspectives reflected in these works developed. The worldwide student protests, the women’s movement, and changing sexual attitudes are all well addressed and linked to the behavior of specific characters in these translations. Inexplicably, the great majority of Italian plays of this period have still not been translated into English. This leaves those not literate in Italian largely in the dark about the vitality and originality of these works. This book goes a long way to a addressing that deficit… The high quality of this scholarship reflects the extensive knowledge, insight, and experience of the co-editors, Professor House and Professor Street.”
- Dr. Rod Umlas,
Professor Emeritus Beloit College

Commendatory Foreword:
“… this collection offers not only an engaging introduction to the wide range of recent drama in Italy, but also a varied adventure into the many possible dramatic worlds offered by that tradition.”
-Dr. Marvin Carlson,
The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature, and Middle Eastern Studies,
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

“ The fourteen translations in House and Street’s new collection represent an impressive range of 20th-century Italian theater and offer a commendable new addition to English-language material from this period. It will expand the available source material written by highly studied, seminal figures such as Dario Fo, Franca Rame, and Eduardo De Filippo, featuring with new plays that will help to round out English readers’ understanding of their work…Overall, the resources here are impressive, and the excellent translations of these fourteen works into English will render them poignant for a new audience at a time when their topics are pressingly relevant and their approaches still challenging and exciting… I am eager to be able to make use of them with my own students and in productions on my campus.”
-Dr. Michael Subialka,
Powys Roberts Research Fellow in European Literature,
University of Oxford (St. Hugh’s College)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Multivolume Collection by Marvin Carlson
General Introduction to the Multivolume Collection by Jack D. Street
The Governess by Vitaliano Brancati
Biographies of editors

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