From Iberian Innovation to Sardinian Appropriation: Breaking down Giovanni Delogu Ibba's Index libri vitae Public Deposited

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  • Boyle, Kathleen Crawford
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
  • To reach the rich core of the culture of Sardinia, one must sift through the layers of sediment left by the people that have lived their history on Sardinia's soil.The early chapters of the dissertation provide important cultural and historical background information for my analysis. But even in the light of the innumerable outside influences on Sardinia over the years, it would be incorrect to view the island's culture as a chameleon that simply takes on any and all aspects of the currently dominating tribe of people because this assumes that the civilization of the island is completely devoid of its own long standing and very unique traditions. My dissertation examines one of the primary theatrical genres of Sardinia, the sacre rappresentazioni, and traces the origins of this genre through two different religious-based literary traditions of the island, the letteratura agiografica and the gosos, religious poetic compositions, performed through song and written in praise of the Lord, the Virgin Mary or the saints. One of the primary focuses of this study is to examine what influence the roughly 400-year Spanish presence had on these religious works in Sardinia. I explore the ways in which Iberian culture at times blended into the already established traditions of the island, and at other times imposed itself on these traditions, by introducing something entirely new. As the primary text for my study, I have Giovanni Delogu Ibba and his 18th century work Index libri vitae, as it provides a very characteristic presentation of Sardinia at the time in which he was writing. Delogu Ibba's ILV (1736) is divided by the author into seven books, written in three different languages (Latin, Castilian and Logudorese) and contains multiple genres including hagiographic material in its simplest forms, elaborate gosos likely performed on feast days or during processions, and a well-developed passion play focusing on the isclavamentu. Through an analysis of Delogu Ibba's work it is possible to see how these genres, not always of Sardinian origin, are adapted by the author for his own didactic purposes and also indicative of 18th-century Sardinia in which he was writing.
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  • Montgomery, Edward D.
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