August 10, 2011 Posted by Stebos in Articles

The Intertextual Short Play

The journal MLN (Modern Language Notes) has published my article "The Intertextual Short Play: An Example Using Verga’s Cavalleria rusticana and Capuana’s Il piccolo archivio" Abstract:

The brevity of the short play allows presenting multiple works during the same evening, and intertextuality can materialize right in front of the audience. This article uses Verga's Rustic Chivalry and Capuana's The Little Archive to explore the tension between tremendous success and almost complete invisibility in theatrical verismo. Rather than accepting the shortcomings of verist theories, later adaptations, or past context as definitive closure, the author proposes ideas for future productions to employ the richness of available materials for a contextualized performance.

To read the entire article, you can go to the MLN website