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A History of Italian Theatre

A History of Italian Theatre

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Joseph Farrell, Nerida Newbigin, Richard Andrews, Peter Brand, Ronnie Ferguson, Lisa Sampson, Kenneth Richards, Laura Richards, Maurice Slawinski, Guido Nicastro, Piermario Vescovo, Alberto Beniscelli, Costantino Maeder, Gilberto Pizzamiglio, Ferdinando Taviani, Paolo Puppa, Roberto Cuppone, Gaetana Marrone, Antonio Scuderi, Donatella Fischer, John Woodhouse, Clive Griffiths, Robert S. C. Gordon, Sharon Wood
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  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521802659

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  • With the aim of providing a comprehensive history of Italian drama from its origins to the time of its publication in 2006, this book treats theatre in its widest sense, discussing the impact of all the elements and figures integral to the collaborative process of theatre-making. The impact of designers, actors, directors and impresarios as well as of playwrights is subjected to critical scrutiny, while individual chapters examine the changes in technology and shifts in the cultural climate which have influenced theatre. No other approach would be acceptable for Italian theatre, where from the days of commedia dell'arte, the central figure has often been the actor rather than the playwright. The important writers, such as Carlo Goldoni and Luigi Pirandello, receive detailed critical treatment, as do the 'great actors' of nineteenth-century theatre or the directors of our own time, but the focus is always on the bigger picture.

    • Gives a thorough overall view of theatre in Italy, and the role of Italian theatre within Europe
    • Covers Italian theatre from its origins through to the time of publication
    • Chapters are written by experts in their own fields
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    Review of the hardback: '… this volume is to be welcomed, not just as the first of its kind but also as a scholarly and dynamic account of the value of a theatrical tradition in many ways different from that of other European countries …' Journal of the society for Pirandello Studies

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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521802659
    • length: 434 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. In search of Italian theatre Joseph Farrell
    Part I. Middle Ages:
    2. Secular and religious drama in the Middle Ages Nerida Newbigin
    Part II. The Renaissance Stage:
    3. The Renaissance stage Richard Andrews
    4. Comedy: erudite comedy Richard Andrews
    5. Ariosto and Ferrara Peter Brand
    6. Machiavelli and Florence Peter Brand
    7. The Intronati and Sienese comedy Richard Andrews
    8. Ruzante and the Veneto Ronnie Ferguson
    9. Aretino and later comic playwrights Peter Brand
    10. Tragedy Richard Andrews
    11. Renaissance bibliography, pastoral drama Lisa Sampson
    12. Commedia dell'arte Kenneth and Laura Richards
    Part III. Seventeenth Century:
    13. The seventeenth-century stage Maurice Slawinski
    Part IV. Enlightenment Theatre:
    14. Arrivals and departures Joseph Farrell
    15. The Venetian stage Guido Nicastro
    16. Carlo Goldoni, playwright and reformer Piermario Vescovo
    17. Carlo Gozzi Alberto Beniscelli
    18. Metastasio and melodramma Costantino Maeder
    19. Vittorio Alfieri Gilberto Pizzamiglio
    Part V. Risorgimento and United Italy:
    20. The Romantic theatre Ferdinando Taviani
    21. The theatre of united Italy Paolo Puppa
    22. The dialect theatres of Northern Italy Roberto Cuppone
    23. Neopolitan theatre Gaetana Marrone
    24. Sicilian dialect theatre Antonio Scuderi
    Part VI. The Modern Age:
    25. Actors, authors and directors Joseph Farrell
    26. Innovation and theatre of the grotesque Donatella Fischer
    27. Luigi Pirandello Paolo Puppa
    28. Italo Svevo, dramatist Paolo Puppa
    29. D'Annunzio's theatre John Woodhouse
    30. Theatre under fascism Clive Griffiths
    31. Pier Paolo Pasolini Robert S. C. Gordon
    32. Dario Fo Joseph Farrell
    33. Women in theatre Sharon Wood
    34. The contemporary scene Paolo Puppa.

  • Editors

    Joseph Farrell, University of Strathclyde

    Paolo Puppa, Università degli Studi di Venezia

    Contributors

    Joseph Farrell, Nerida Newbigin, Richard Andrews, Peter Brand, Ronnie Ferguson, Lisa Sampson, Kenneth Richards, Laura Richards, Maurice Slawinski, Guido Nicastro, Piermario Vescovo, Alberto Beniscelli, Costantino Maeder, Gilberto Pizzamiglio, Ferdinando Taviani, Paolo Puppa, Roberto Cuppone, Gaetana Marrone, Antonio Scuderi, Donatella Fischer, John Woodhouse, Clive Griffiths, Robert S. C. Gordon, Sharon Wood

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