Performance and Literature in the Commedia dell'Arte

Performance and Literature in the Commedia dell'Arte

by Robert Henke
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521172381

ISBN-13: 9780521172387

Pub. Date: 12/16/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The actors of the commedia dell'arte (the sixteenth-century Italian professional theater) usually did not perform from scripted drama. They improvised their performances from a shared plot and thorough knowledge of individual character roles. Robert Henke analyzes commedia dell'arte texts to demonstrate how the spoken word and written literature were combined in

Overview

The actors of the commedia dell'arte (the sixteenth-century Italian professional theater) usually did not perform from scripted drama. They improvised their performances from a shared plot and thorough knowledge of individual character roles. Robert Henke analyzes commedia dell'arte texts to demonstrate how the spoken word and written literature were combined in performance. Henke examines primary sources including performance accounts, actors' contracts, letters and other documents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521172387
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/16/2010
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Improvisation and characters; 3. Residual orality in early modern Italy and the commedia dell'arte; 4. Venetian buffoni; 5. Early male actors; 6. Early actresses; 7. Zanni texts, 1576–88; 8. Conclusions and caprices: early texts of the Dottore and Pantalone; 9. Tristano Martinelli: a company buffone; 10. Theatrical and literary 'composition' in Francesco Andreini and Flaminio Scala; 11. The generation of Cecchini: technical, moral and dramaturgical publications; Notes; Bibliography.

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