Summer Program Course C
August 17 – 21, 2015
HARLEQUIN, STREET JESTERS AND THE IDEOLOGY OF HUMOUR
An examination of the chief conventions of street clowning and the Commedia dell’arte tradition, with special emphasis on their ideological significance in relation to the power structure of society. The topics of discussion include: the philosophy of humour, clowning, religion, culture and the military, carnivals, masks and the physical language of jesters.
Lecturer: Domenico Pietropaolo
Domenico Pietropaolo is Principal and Vice President (Academic) of St. Michael’s College, and formerly held the Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies and was Professor of Italian and Drama at the University of Toronto. Domenico is a Commendatore (Knight Commander) of the Italian Order of Chivalry Stella Della Solidarieta Italiana. Membership in the Order recognized nonItalians and Italians living abroad for Achievement in Arts and Sciences of Benefit to Italy.
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