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Title:Information Serendipity, Pseudo-Serendipity, Zemblanity, Disruptive Discovery and Nemorinity: Revisiting Donizetti's and Romani's Opera Buffa L'elisir d'Amore
Author(s):Solomon, Yosef; Bronstein, Jenny
Subject(s):human information behavior
information studies in the arts
Abstract:We report on an investigation designed to identify human information behaviour in Gaetano Donizetti’s and Felice Romani’s nineteenth-century opera buffa ‘L'elisir d'amore’ (‘Elixir of Love’). An intrinsic study was utilised using a hermeneutic reading of the opera libretto, through a human information-behavioural perspective. This research presents an original and novel layer of analysis to the operatic work and provides valuable insight into information behaviour in a past time and context. In particular, the study shows that the libretto holds evidence of information serendipity, pseudo-serendipity, zemblanity, disruptive discovery, and a novel information behaviour that we designated ‘nemorinity’, in the temporal culture of the early nineteenth-century Italian countryside. Opera is hence found to be a meaningful scholastic resource for information researchers.
Issue Date:2018
Series/Report:iConference 2018 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 is held by Yosef Solomon, Jenny Bronstein. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the author.
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-07-12

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