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Commedia dell'Arte in Context

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Daniele Vianello, Ferdinando Taviani, Riccardo Drusi, Stefan Hulfeld, Piermario Vescovo, Siro Ferrone, Virginia Scott, María del Valle Ojeda Calvo, M. A. Katritzky, Laurence Senelick, Robert Henke, Bent Holm, Bernadette Majorana, Raimondo Guarino, Anne MacNeil, Andrea Fabiano, Stefano Tomassini, Sandra Pietrini, Renzo Guardenti, Franco Ruffini, Marco Consolini, Franco Vazzoler, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Teresa Megale, Paolo Puppa, Mirella Schino, Christopher B. Balme
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  • Date Published: April 2018
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107028562

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  • The commedia dell'arte, the improvised Italian theatre that dominated the European stage from 1550 to 1750, is arguably the most famous theatre tradition to emerge from Europe in the early modern period. Its celebrated masks have come to symbolize theatre itself and have become part of the European cultural imagination. Over the past twenty years a revolution in commedia dell'arte scholarship has taken place, generated mainly by a number of distinguished Italian scholars. Their work, in which they have radically separated out the myth from the history of the phenomenon remains, however, largely untranslated into English (or any other language). The present volume gathers together these Italian and English-speaking scholars to synthesize for the first time this research for both specialist and non-specialist readers. The book is structured around key topics that span both the early modern period and the twentieth-century reinvention of the commedia dell'arte.

    • The first major overview in English of this subject, giving access to groundbreaking recent Italian research essential for historians of European theatre, music and art
    • Discusses both the early modern period (1550–1750) and the nineteenth- and twentieth-century reinvention of the commedia dell'arte
    • Examines both the myth and the history of this major theatre phenomenon
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    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107028562
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: commedia dell'arte: history, myth, reception Daniele Vianello
    Part I. Elements:
    1. Knots and doubleness: the engine of the Commedia dell'Arte Ferdinando Taviani
    2. Popular traditions, carnival, dance Riccardo Drusi
    3. Notebooks, prologues and scenarios Stefan Hulfeld
    4. Between improvisation and book Piermario Vescovo
    Part II. Commedia dell'Arte and Europe:
    5. Journeys Siro Ferrone
    6. France Virginia Scott
    7. The Iberian Peninsula María del Valle Ojeda Calvo
    8. German-speaking countries M. A. Katritzky
    9. Eighteenth-century Russia Laurence Senelick
    10. England Robert Henke
    11. Northern Europe Bent Holm
    Part III. Social and Cultural Conflicts:
    12. Commedia dell'arte and the church Bernadette Majorana
    13. Commedia dell'arte and dominant culture Raimondo Guarino
    Part IV. Opera, Music, Dance, Circus and Iconography:
    14. Commedia dell'arte in opera and music 1550–1750 Anne MacNeil
    15. From Mozart to Henze Andrea Fabiano
    16. Commedia dell'Arte in dance Stefano Tomassini
    17. The circus and the artist as Saltimbanco Sandra Pietrini
    18. Iconography of the commedia dell'arte Renzo Guardenti
    Part V. Commedia dell'Arte from the Avant-Grade to Contemporary Theatre:
    19. Stanislavsky and Meyerhold Franco Ruffini
    20. Copeau and the work of the actor Marco Consolini
    21. Staging Gozzi: Meyerhold, Vakhtangov, Brecht, Besson Franco Vazzoler
    22. Staging Goldoni: Reinhardt, Strehler Erika Fischer-Lichte
    23. Eduardo De Filippo and the Mask of Pulcinella Teresa Megale
    24. Dario Fo, Commedia dell'arte and political theatre Paolo Puppa
    25. Commedia dell'arte and experimental theatre Mirella Schino
    Conclusion: commedia dell'arte and cultural heritage Christopher B. Balme.

  • Editors

    Christopher B. Balme, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen
    Christopher B. Balme is Professor of Theatre Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen. His recent publications include The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies (Cambridge, 2008) and The Theatrical Public Sphere (Cambridge, 2014).

    Piermario Vescovo, Universita Ca'Foscari, Venezia
    Piermario Vescovo is Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Venice, Ca' Foscari and co-editor of Rivista di Letteratura Teatrale. He is the author of Entracte. Drammaturgia del Tempo (2007) and A viva voce. Percorsi del genere drammatico (2015).

    Daniele Vianello, Universita della Calabria, Cosenza
    Daniele Vianello is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Calabria. He has published widely on the Renaissance and contemporary theatre. He is the author of L'arte del buffone (2005), a study of the early commedia dell'arte.

    Contributors

    Daniele Vianello, Ferdinando Taviani, Riccardo Drusi, Stefan Hulfeld, Piermario Vescovo, Siro Ferrone, Virginia Scott, María del Valle Ojeda Calvo, M. A. Katritzky, Laurence Senelick, Robert Henke, Bent Holm, Bernadette Majorana, Raimondo Guarino, Anne MacNeil, Andrea Fabiano, Stefano Tomassini, Sandra Pietrini, Renzo Guardenti, Franco Ruffini, Marco Consolini, Franco Vazzoler, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Teresa Megale, Paolo Puppa, Mirella Schino, Christopher B. Balme

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