The Early commedia dell'arte 1550-1621: The Mannerist Context

The Early commedia dell'arte 1550-1621: The Mannerist Context

by Paul C. Castagno
     
 

This book establishes a Mannerist context for the early commedia dell'arte during its advent in the latter half of the sixteenth century and the beginning of the seventeenth century. The geographical area is based in Italy, with consideration of commedia dell'arte influences in other European countries. The commedia dell'arte is linked to

Overview

This book establishes a Mannerist context for the early commedia dell'arte during its advent in the latter half of the sixteenth century and the beginning of the seventeenth century. The geographical area is based in Italy, with consideration of commedia dell'arte influences in other European countries. The commedia dell'arte is linked to maniera, the word from which Mannerism is etymologically based, and other concepts such as disegno interno, licenzia, and gusto.
Utilizing a synchronic methodology, Castagno explores the link between the Mannerist pittore vago («wandering painters») and the itinerant performers of the commedia dell'arte. By way of conclusion, Castagno demonstrates how Mannerist terms can be applied to the salient performance features of the commedia dell'arte, establishing this theatrical form and practice within a Mannerist context.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
«...a book destined to be regarded by scholars and performers alike as a canonical work in the on-going study of this extraordinary and continually enriching theatrical phenomenon.» (James Fisher, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism)
«...exhaustively researched.» (P. Koch, Choice)
«...das Buch [ist] empfehlenswert, da [es]...viele neue Elemente aufdeckt und sie weniger befremdlich erscheinen läßt.» (Britta Brandt, Referatedienst zur Literaturwissenschaft)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820417943
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 26: Theatre Arts , #13
Pages:
290

Meet the Author

The Author: Paul C. Castagno is an associate professor of Theatre and Director of the New Playwrights' Program at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, with prior graduate work at Stanford University. In addition to numerous published articles, Dr. Castagno is Editor of Theatre Symposium: Journal of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, a previous recipient of the Lilly Teaching/Scholar Award, and Chair of the SETC New Play Contest.

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