Commedia Dell'Arte

Commedia Dell'Arte

by Thomas F Heck

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595004522
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2000
Pages: 468
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsv
List of Abbreviations, Terminology & Usagex
Introductionxi
IGeneral Introductions to the CdA
Encyclopedias and reference works2
Theater histories with significant coverage of the CdA4
IISources: the Scenari of the CdA
Major collections of scenari: publications of and writings on them14
Studies and analyses of scenari (thematic, repertorial, etc.)42
IIIHistorical 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 CdA50
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 CdA94
Ethnic studies, regional studies of the CdA98
Goldoni, Gozzi, and the CdA104
IVThe Diffusion of the CdA Outside Italy
FRANCE: the influence of the Italian CdA in France in general111
FRANCE: the Ancien Theatre-Italien (to 1697)118
FRANCE: Moliere and the CdA127
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 ENGLAND148
The CdA in the NETHERLANDS159
The CdA in SPAIN161
The CdA in CZECHOSLOVAKIA166
The CdA in POLAND166
The CdA in RUSSIA169
VThe Actors of the CdA and Their Legacy
Names: General or collective biographies of the actors172
Letters of comici dell'arte175
Persons: Individual actors--works by (texts & treatises) and works about177
The troupes of the CdA197
VIThe Masques (stock characters) of the CdA
General studies200
Specific masques:
Brighella209
Capitano209
Dottore211
Fritellino (cf. Scapino)212
Harlequin/Arlecchino213
"Innamorati" (Lovers)224
Magnifico225
Pantalone225
Pierrot228
Pulcinella232
Scapino (cf. Fritellino)238
Scaramouche/Scaramuccia239
Stenterello241
Tabarin/Tabarrino242
The "vecchi" (old men)242
The "zanni" (servants)243
VIIImprovising and the Mask
Improvisation; improvisatory aspects of the CdA246
Masks: general writings on their theatrical history and use249
VIIIDance, Music, and the CdA
Dance, acrobatics and mime255
Music and the CdA258
IXThe Revival of the CdA in the 19th & 20th Centuries
Improvisatory theater rediscovered; CdA influences in general268
Lazzi then and now272
CdA influences & revivals since 1800--surveys, methods, actor training, CdA-style comedies (in country "x")274
XThe Iconography of the CdA
Bibliographies of pictorial sources; catalogs of collections293
Exhibition catalogs294
Iconographic studies300
Collected illustrations of CdA masques, etc.318
XILiterature and the CdA
Fiction, poetry and the CdA327
AppendixScenari of the CdA: a Title Index332
Bibliography in Alphabetical Order, referenced to classified entries357
General Index419

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