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This study shows how theater was an important feature of convent life from the early fifteenth century, probably in all of Catholic Europe and its colonies. For this study, mainly devoted to Tuscany, the author has found an extensive corpus of theatrical works of convent provenance, which argues for the widespread practice of theater in the convents. She traces its chief characteristicswhat the nuns' own writings tell us about their literacy and that of their audiences, and how their lives and work intersect with secular society and literary culture.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)|
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Notes on texts and translations; Introduction; 1. Renaissance culture in Italian convents, 1450-1650; 2. The convent theatre tradition; 3. Plays and playwrights: the earliest examples; 4. Spiritual comedies in the convents; 5. From manuscript to print, from the convent to the world; 6. Beyond Tuscany; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.