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Fellow (1 September 1994 - 30 June 1995)
My NIAS year has marked a radical turning point in my academic career, and has exceeded my expectations in every research area, including the objective of continuing beyond the NIAS year. In Spring 1995, I completed my doctoral thesis. I submitted my thesis to Oxford University for examination and Cambridge University Press for publication. Additionally, I gave three talks, submitted fourteen papers for publication and conferences and started work on a number of new projects. I discovered significant new iconographic material which will lead to further publications in the course of carrying out primary archival research using Dutch resources, and, through the help of NIAS library and support staff, my "Theatre Iconography" group colleagues, and a generous NIAS grant, acquired a large quantity of essential research photographs and other materials.
I had a chance to review my research to date, and to present it for publication, both in the form of my 340-plate thesis on early commedia dell'arte iconography, and in the form of conference papers and substantial articles dealing with aspects of my research which were not appropriate for inclusion in the thesis itself, notably Italian festival and aspects of the Medici wedding celebrations of 1565. Additionally it has given me the opportunity to decide on new fields into which to extend this work, including English travelling actors, theatre iconography in alba amicorum and late renaissance Jewish and Gypsy entertainers.
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