Befriending the Commedia dell'Arte of Flaminio Scala: The Comic Scenarios by Natalie Crohn SchmittBefriending the Commedia dell'Arte of Flaminio Scala: The Comic Scenarios by Natalie Crohn Schmitt

Befriending the Commedia dell'Arte of Flaminio Scala: The Comic Scenarios

byNatalie Crohn Schmitt

Hardcover | October 29, 2014

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The most important theatrical movement in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Europe, the commedia dell'arte has inspired playwrights, artists, and musicians including Molière, Dario Fo, Picasso, and Stravinsky. Because of its stock characters, improvised dialogue, and extravagant theatricalism, the commedia dell'arte is often assumed to be a superficial comic style. With Befriending the Commedia dell'Arte of Flaminio Scala, Natalie Crohn Schmitt demolishes that assumption.

By reconstructing the commedia dell'arte scenarios published by troupe manager Flaminio Scala (1547-1624), Schmitt demonstrates that in its Golden Age the commedia dell'arte relied as much on craftsmanship as on improvisation and that Scala's scenarios are a treasure trove of social commentary on early modern daily life in Italy.

In the book, Schmitt makes use of her intensive research into the social and cultural history of sixteenth-century Italy and the aesthetic principles of the period. She combines this research with her insights drawn from studying with contemporary commedia dell'arte performers and from directing a production of one of Scala's scenarios. The result is a new perspective on the commedia dell'arte that illuminates the style's full richness.

Natalie Schmitt is Professor Emerita of Theatre and of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Title:Befriending the Commedia dell'Arte of Flaminio Scala: The Comic ScenariosFormat:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 9.3 × 6.35 × 1.15 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Part One: Context, Culture, and Aesthetics

  1. Befriending the Text
  2. Character Relationships
  3. The Setting and Life in the Street
  4. Invention

Part Two: Scenario Reconstructions

Method

  1. Day 6: The Jealous Old Man
  2. Day 21: The Fake Sorcerer
  3. Day 25: The Jealous Isabella
  4. Day 36: Isabella [the] Astrologer

Conclusion

Appendix: List of All Scala Scenarios

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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The most important theatrical movement in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Europe, the commedia dell'arte has inspired playwrights, artists, and musicians including Molière, Dario Fo, Picasso, and Stravinsky. Because of its stock characters, improvised dialogue, and extravagant theatricalism, the commedia dell'arte is often assumed to be a superficial comic style. With Befriending the Commedia dell'Arte of Flaminio Scala, Natalie Crohn Schmitt demolishes that assumption.By reconstructing the commedia dell'arte scenarios published by troupe manager Flaminio Scala (1547-1624), Schmitt demonstrates that in its Golden Age the commedia dell'arte relied as much on craftsmanship as on improvisation and that Scala's scenarios are a treasure trove of social commentary on early modern daily life in Italy.In the book, Schmitt makes use of her intensive research into the social and cultural history of sixteenth-century Italy and the aesthetic principles of the period. She combines this research with her insights drawn from studying with contemporary commedia dell'arte performers and from directing a production of one of Scala's scenarios. The result is a new perspective on the commedia dell'arte that illuminates the style's full richness."Natalie Schmitt's research in Befriending the Commedia dell'Arte of Flaminio Scala offers a genuinely new take on important material. The readership for this book should extend beyond Italian studies scholars and those interested in Renaissance studies to include scholars of theatre history and early modern performance." - Maria Galli Stampino, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Miami