obituary Alessandro Falassi (19452014) luisa Del Giudice Los Angeles, CA Written on November 2, 2014 (All Souls' Day) Alessandro Falassi passed away on February 19, 2014, in his beloved Siena, italy. he is survived by his wife, chiara, and son, Giovanni. Falassi published widely (in italy, Spain, France, Germany, england, and the united States) on social history, anthropology, and folklore, focusing especially on ritual and festival. he was best known for his study of one of italy's most extraordinary historic festivals: La Terra in Piazza: An Interpretation of the Palio of Siena (coauthored with Alan Dundes; berkeley: university of california Press, 1975; winner of the 1976 chicago Folklore Prize). As an empathetic field researcher as well as a sophisticated theorist, he continued to produce significant publications on italian folklore: Folklore by the Fireside: Text and Context of the Tuscan Veglia (Austin: university of texas Press, 1980); La Santa dell'Oca. Vita, morte e miracoli di Caterina da Siena (Saint of the Goose: life, Death, and miracles of catherine of Siena) (milano: mondadori, 1980); Italian Folklore: An Annotated Bibliography (new york: Garland, 1985); La festa (editor) (milano: electa, 1988); En la Mesa con Rossini (Dinner with rossini) (barcelona: Galaxia Gutemberg,
Journal of American Folklore – American Folklore Society
Published: Aug 20, 2015
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