SCHIANO, Gennaro (2023) «El mundo se pierde todo»: appunti sull’Égloga de las grandes lluvias di Juan del Encina. [Pubblicazione in rivista scientifica]

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Item Type: Pubblicazione in rivista scientifica
Resource language: Italiano
Title: «El mundo se pierde todo»: appunti sull’Égloga de las grandes lluvias di Juan del Encina
Date: March 2023
Institution: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Department: Studi Umanistici
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Journal or Publication Title: Laboratoire Italien
Nazione dell'editore: Francia
Place of Publication: Lyon
Publisher: ENS Éditions
Date: March 2023
ISSN: 2117-4970
Number: 29
Keywords: Eglogue, medieval and humanistic theatre, catastrophe, rain, Petrarch (Bucolicum Carmen)
Settori scientifico-disciplinari del MIUR: Area 10 - Scienze dell'antichità, filologico-letterarie e storico-artistiche > L-LIN/05 - Letteratura spagnola
Access rights: Open access
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2023 09:25
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2023 09:25

Collection description

Although performed in 1498, the Égloga de las grandes lluvias appears in the fourth edition of the Cancionero de las obras de Juan del Enzina published in Salamanca in 1507. It is a Christmas play that draws on both pastoral and biblical material and depicts one of the most topical moments of the nativity. However, the pastoral world described before the Annunciation is distorted by the catastrophic action of driving rain to which the protagonists obsessively refer. The rain that disrupts the idyll of the aldea of Encina harks back to the lengthy period of storms that hit Salamanca in 1498 and caused one of the most tragic floods in the history of the River Tormes. The article focuses on the meanings of the Égloga, starting from the nodal function of the rains in the structure of the work and investigating how the calamitous event is first and foremost the representation of a collective tragedy that reflects the deep interest of the Encina theatre in the narration of past and present history. Secondly, it analyses how the hierophanic and punitive character attributed to the great rains shows a more complex connection between biblical and pastoral subject matter and between manifest and allegorical meanings. Furthermore, an attempt is made to understand how the dominance of chaos and fortune in a world scourged by rains reveals a direct and little-explored relationship with the Petrarchan model.


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