Commedia Dell'Arte

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The commedia dell'arte, which arose in the 16th century, was a form of professional improvised theatre. It gave the world such comic figures (masks) as Harlequin, Pulcinella, Pierrot, Dottore, and other stock characters. Its only remaining textual sources are plot outlines, called scenarios. This book summarizes, in English, virtually all the literature on the commedia dell'arte through 1987.
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Overview

The commedia dell'arte, which arose in the 16th century, was a form of professional improvised theatre. It gave the world such comic figures (masks) as Harlequin, Pulcinella, Pierrot, Dottore, and other stock characters. Its only remaining textual sources are plot outlines, called scenarios. This book summarizes, in English, virtually all the literature on the commedia dell'arte through 1987.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595004522
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
List of Abbreviations, Terminology & Usage x
Introduction xi
I General Introductions to the CdA
Encyclopedias and reference works 2
Theater histories with significant coverage of the CdA 4
II Sources: the Scenari of the CdA
Major collections of scenari: publications of and writings on them 14
Studies and analyses of scenari (thematic, repertorial, etc.) 42
III Historical Studies of the Italian CdA
Collected source readings and documents (see above, specifically for scenario collections) 46
Important primary (16th- to 18th-c.) testimonies to the CdA 50
Early studies of the CdA (to 1930, in chronological order) 53
Recent studies of the CdA (1931 to present) 64
Dialectal studies of the Italian CdA 94
Ethnic studies, regional studies of the CdA 98
Goldoni, Gozzi, and the CdA 104
IV The Diffusion of the CdA Outside Italy
FRANCE: the influence of the Italian CdA in France in general 111
FRANCE: the Ancien Theatre-Italien (to 1697) 118
FRANCE: Moliere and the CdA 127
FRANCE: The Nouveau Theatre-Italien and related studies (18th-c. theater in France vis-a-vis the CdA) 130
The CdA in AUSTRIA & GERMANY (incl. DENMARK) 139
The CdA in ENGLAND 148
The CdA in the NETHERLANDS 159
The CdA in SPAIN 161
The CdA in CZECHOSLOVAKIA 166
The CdA in POLAND 166
The CdA in RUSSIA 169
V The Actors of the CdA and Their Legacy
Names: General or collective biographies of the actors 172
Letters of comici dell'arte 175
Persons: Individual actors--works by (texts & treatises) and works about 177
The troupes of the CdA 197
VI The Masques (stock characters) of the CdA
General studies 200
Specific masques:
Brighella 209
Capitano 209
Dottore 211
Fritellino (cf. Scapino) 212
Harlequin/Arlecchino 213
"Innamorati" (Lovers) 224
Magnifico 225
Pantalone 225
Pierrot 228
Pulcinella 232
Scapino (cf. Fritellino) 238
Scaramouche/Scaramuccia 239
Stenterello 241
Tabarin/Tabarrino 242
The "vecchi" (old men) 242
The "zanni" (servants) 243
VII Improvising and the Mask
Improvisation; improvisatory aspects of the CdA 246
Masks: general writings on their theatrical history and use 249
VIII Dance, Music, and the CdA
Dance, acrobatics and mime 255
Music and the CdA 258
IX The Revival of the CdA in the 19th & 20th Centuries
Improvisatory theater rediscovered; CdA influences in general 268
Lazzi then and now 272
CdA influences & revivals since 1800--surveys, methods, actor training, CdA-style comedies (in country "x") 274
X The Iconography of the CdA
Bibliographies of pictorial sources; catalogs of collections 293
Exhibition catalogs 294
Iconographic studies 300
Collected illustrations of CdA masques, etc. 318
XI Literature and the CdA
Fiction, poetry and the CdA 327
Appendix Scenari of the CdA: a Title Index 332
Bibliography in Alphabetical Order, referenced to classified entries 357
General Index 419
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