Renaissance Comedy: The Italian Masters - Volume 1

Renaissance Comedy: The Italian Masters - Volume 1

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A rich and multi-faceted aspect of the Italian Renaissance, the comedy has been largely overlooked as a cultural force during the period. In Renaissance Comedy, editor Donald Beecher corrects this oversight with a collection of eleven comedies representative of the principal styles of writing that define the genre. Proceeding from early, ‘erudite’ imitations of Plautus and Terence to satires, sentimental plays of the middle years, and later, more experimental works, the development of Italian Renaissance comedy is here dissected in a fascinating and vivid light.

This first of two volumes boasts five of the best-known plays of the period, each with its own historical and critical introduction. Also included is a general introduction by the editor, which discusses the features of Italian Renaissance comedy, as well as examines the stage histories of the plays and what little is known, in many cases, of the circumstances surrounding their original performances. The introduction raises questions concerning the nature of audiences, the festival occasions during which the plays were performed, and the academies which sponsored many of their creations.

As a much-needed reappraisal of these comedic plays, Renaissance Comedy is an invaluable look at the performance history of the Renaissance and Italian culture in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442691742
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 03/22/2008
Series: Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Donald Beecher is a professor in the Department of English at Carleton University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: 'Erudite' Comedy in Renaissance Italy

The Pretenders / I suppositi

Cortigiana / La cortigiana

The Ragged Brothers / Gli straccioni

Alessandro / L'alessandro

The Sister / La sorella

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