The madness of imagining new worlds

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dc.contributor.author Ariza, Mercedes
dc.contributor.author Giovanna Biscu, Maria
dc.contributor.author Isabel Fernándes García, María
dc.contributor.editor Schewe, Manfred en
dc.contributor.editor Even, Susanne en
dc.date.accessioned 2022-04-11T12:58:03Z
dc.date.available 2022-04-11T12:58:03Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Ariza, M., Giovanna Biscu, M. and Isabel Fernándes García, M. (2007) 'The madness of imagining new worlds', Scenario: A Journal of Performative Teaching, Learning, Research, I(2), pp. 7-25. doi: 10.33178/scenario.1.2.2 en
dc.identifier.volume I
dc.identifier.issued 2
dc.identifier.startpage 7
dc.identifier.endpage 25
dc.identifier.issn 1649-8526
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/13062
dc.identifier.doi 10.33178/scenario.1.2.2
dc.description.abstract This paper presents some reflections that emerged from a research project developed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in Translation, Languages and Cultures (SITLeC) of the University of Bologna. This three-stage project was based on language mediator training and the teaching/acquisition of intercultural communicative competence through theatre. During an eight-month workshop, a group of Italian students – beginners in Spanish – engaged in a series of extracurricular activities, resulting in the public performance of a play written in verse by Lope de Vega. Under the researchers’ supervision, students analysed the play from a linguistic and (inter)cultural perspective, giving special emphasis to the discovery of the other, the encounter of the Old and the New World and the miscommunication caused by lack of understanding in intercultural situations. All these aspects helped students to explore a wide range of verbal and nonverbal communicative strategies, as well as to increase their foreign language proficiency and develop empathy. The in-depth analysis of the play and of the emblematic character of Columbus, whose imagination is capable of inventing new worlds even before discovering them, showed students that the real shipwreck in intercultural encounters is incommunicability itself and that, in order to communicate, one needs to be an ‘apostate translator’. This paper presents some reflections that emerged from a research project developed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in Translation, Languages and Cultures (SITLeC) of the University of Bologna. This three-stage project was based on language mediator training and the teaching/acquisition of intercultural communicative competence through theatre. During an eight-month workshop, a group of Italian students – beginners in Spanish – engaged in a series of extracurricular activities, resulting in the public performance of a play written in verse by Lope de Vega. Under the researchers’ supervision, students analysed the play from a linguistic and (inter)cultural perspective, giving special emphasis to the discovery of the other, the encounter of the Old and the New World and the miscommunication caused by lack of understanding in intercultural situations. All these aspects helped students to explore a wide range of verbal and nonverbal communicative strategies, as well as to increase their foreign language proficiency and develop empathy. The in-depth analysis of the play and of the emblematic character of Columbus, whose imagination is capable of inventing new worlds even before discovering them, showed students that the real shipwreck in intercultural encounters is incommunicability itself and that, in order to communicate, one needs to be an ‘apostate translator’. en
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dc.publisher Department of German, University College Cork en
dc.relation.uri https://journals.ucc.ie/index.php/scenario/article/view/scenario-1-2-2
dc.rights © 2007, The Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. en
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dc.title The madness of imagining new worlds en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Mercedes Ariza en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Scenario: A Journal of Performative Teaching, Learning, Research en
dc.identifier.journalabbrev Scenario en


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