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From the perspective of alterity, the predominant figure of the Other in Sicilian puppet theater is undoubtedly the Saracen (Muslim) aggressor. Yet the Paladins of France cycle, with its over 300 nightly episodes, is replete with stories that eschew an opposition between an “us” and a “them” and instead underscore our common humanity across borders of all kinds. Indeed, camaraderie, friendship, and even romance can readily develop between individuals from the most disparate corners of the globe. My paper focuses on a selection of examples under the guise of both alterity and diversity, the latter achieved especially through heterogamous marriages.
University of Connecticut
puppet, representation, race and ethnicity, Italian epic literature, European poetry—Renaissance
Arts and Humanities | Other Arts and Humanities | Other Theatre and Performance Studies | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History
Cavallo, Jo Ann, "Sicilian Puppet Theater: Alterity or Diversity?" (2023). Representing Alterity through Puppetry and Performing Objects. Edited by John Bell, Matthew Isaac Cohen, and Jungmin Song.