Performance and Literature in the Commedia dellArte by Robert HenkePerformance and Literature in the Commedia dellArte by Robert Henke

Performance and Literature in the Commedia dellArte

byRobert Henke

Paperback | December 16, 2010

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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.
Title:Performance and Literature in the Commedia dellArteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:278 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:December 16, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521172381

ISBN - 13:9780521172387


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, 1576-1588; 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.

Editorial Reviews

"For theater artists and educators interested in producing commedia dell'arte today, Henke's text provides a tremendous resource for re-creating authentic performances... This text should become one of the fundamental reference sources for this subject, standing alongside the works of Nicoll, Smith, Ducharte, Oreglia, Lea, and Fo."
- Sixteenth Century Journal, Andrew Vorder Bruegge, St. Cloud State University