Commedia Dell'Arte Of Flaminio Scala

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The Commedia dell'Arte of Flaminio Scala presents a translation and commentary of selected scenarios composed or collected by the actor-manager Flaminio Scala that were first published in 1611. Thirty of Scala's 50 scenarios are included, complete with a detailed scene-by-scene analysis that demonstrates the methodology of Italian improvised theatre in the early modern period for the purposes of study as well as re-creation. Taking into consideration previous translations of the work, Richard Andrews's English translation and lengthy analytic commentary of the scenarios provide an overview of the commedia dell'arte style, describing how actors fleshed out scenes by inserting existing material from their repertoire into a plot framework and demonstrating a constant interchange of plot, characterization, and scene structure that moved between scripted and improvised comedy. Andrews points out similarities between the scenarios, borrowings from earlier Italian scripted comedies, analogies with other early modern drama including Shakespeare, and the re-use of these components by later dramatists such as Molière and Goldoni. An extensive introduction sets the parameters for the commentaries, giving a description of commedia dell'arte as a phenomenon, explaining the categories of masked characters, and describing the nature and structure of the genre. A comprehensive index is organized for quick reference and lists which characters and masks appear in which scenarios, as well as frequent scenic components that recur, such as types of speeches, relationships, and emotional situations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810862074
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 398
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Andrews is professor emeritus of Italian at Leeds University. He is the author of Scripts and Scenarios: The performance of comedy in Renaissance Italy (1993) and A Theatre of Community Memory: Tuscan Sharecropping and the Teatro Povero di Monticchiello (1998).

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Table of Contents

The Theater of Tales for Performance Original Prefaces to the 1611 Volume Day 1 The Two Old Twins (Comedy)
Day 2 Flavio's Luck (Comedy)
Day 6 The Jealous Old Man (Comedy)
Day 9 The Husband (Comedy)
Day 11 The Captain (Comedy)
Day 12 The Tooth-Puller (Comedy)
Day 14 The Faithful Loving Pilgrim (Comedy)
Day 15 Isabella in Trouble (Comedy)
Day 16 The Mirror (Comedy)
Day 17 The Two Identical Captains (Comedy)
Day 18 The Tragic Events (Comedy)
Day 20 The Two Trusty Notaries (Comedy)
Day 21 The Fake Magician (Comedy)
Day 22 The Man Presumed Dead (Comedy)
Day 25 Isabella's Jealousy (Comedy)
Day 27 The Broken Promise (Comedy)
Day 28 Flavio the Fake Magician (Comedy)
Day 29 The Faithful Friend (Comedy)
Day 31 The Tutor (Comedy)
Day 34 The Man Pretending Blindness (Comedy)
Day 36 Isabella the Astrologer(Comedy)
Day 37 The Hunt (Comedy)
Day 38 The Madness of Isabella (Comedy)
Day 39 The Portrait (Comedy)
Day 40 The Deserved Punishment (Comedy)
Day 41 The Demented Princess (Tragedy)
Day 42 The Comic, Pastoral and Tragic Events (Mixed Drama)
Day 43 Alvida (Royal Drama)
Day 44 Rosalba the Enchantress (Heroic Drama)
Day 49 The Magic Tree (Pastoral)
Bibliography Index
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