A linguistic perspective on intermediality in Early Modern Italy. Media flows in the Early Modern Regno (1494-1632)

Journal title CHEIRON
Author/s Chiara De Caprio
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2021/2 Language English
Pages 17 P. 69-85 File size 285 KB
DOI 10.3280/CHE2021-002004
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This paper examines the nature and impact of intermedial flows in the Kingdom of Naples (the Regno) in the early modern era through two text genres rooted in contemporaneity and linked to the channels through which news was disseminated. The first genre is that of the vernacular chronicles produced in the years following the invasion of Italy by Charles VIII of France. The second is that of relazioni published in the Regno following natural disasters such as the 1627 earthquake in Capitanata and the 1631 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We will demonstrate the impact that different media had on the reporting of contemporary events through a fine-grained analysis of the language of the chronicles and a close reading of some of the relazioni.

Keywords: Chronicles; Italian Wars; relazioni; disasters; news dissemination; oral tradition; written tradition; Early Modern

Chiara De Caprio, A linguistic perspective on intermediality in Early Modern Italy. Media flows in the Early Modern Regno (1494-1632) in "CHEIRON" 2/2021, pp 69-85, DOI: 10.3280/CHE2021-002004