Scripts and Scenarios: The Performance of Comedy in Renaissance Italy by Richard AndrewsScripts and Scenarios: The Performance of Comedy in Renaissance Italy by Richard Andrews

Scripts and Scenarios: The Performance of Comedy in Renaissance Italy

byRichard Andrews

Paperback | March 5, 2007

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This book examines the scripted stage comedies of the Italian Renaissance, tracing their transition from closed courtly audiences to a wider public. It concentrates on the performing values of their scripts rather than their literary qualities, in order to demonstrate their links with improvised commedia dell'arte, and thus explores in a new way a crucial phase in the development of European theater. It will be of interest to scholars and students in both theater history and Italian studies.
Title:Scripts and Scenarios: The Performance of Comedy in Renaissance ItalyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:March 5, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521034159

ISBN - 13:9780521034159

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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction: Italy in the sixteenth century; 1. Precedents; 2. The first 'regular' comedies; 3. The second quarter-century, outside Venice; 4. The second quarter-century, Venice and Padua; 5. Improvised comedy; 6. Obstacles to comedy; 7. Scripts and scenarios; Notes; Chronological bibliography of comedies, 1500-1560; General biblography.

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"...Lew Andrew's book makes important scholarly contributions to our understanding of the narrative tradition and its place in the art and culture of the Renaissance." Sara Nair James, Sixteenth Century Journal