The Triumph of Pierrot: The Commedia dellArte and the Modern Imagination

Paperback | October 12, 2001

byMartin Green, John Swan

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Martin Green is Professor of English at Tufts University.

John Swan is Head Librarian at Bennington College.

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Martin Green is Professor of English at Tufts University. John Swan is Head Librarian at Bennington College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:October 12, 2001Publisher:Penn State University Press

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ISBN - 10:0271009284

ISBN - 13:9780271009285

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“Green and Swan have given us an extraordinary interdisciplinary work. Using Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, the saltimbanque paintings of Picasso and Schoenberg’s musical experiments as the starting point, they examine the modernist consciousness, which evolved from the 16th-century concept of the commedia dell’arte character of Pierrot, the original free-spirited revolutionary of European improvisational theater. Green and Swan are sweeping and occasionally breathtaking as they link the masters of modern literary culture to the tragicomic, grotesque traditions of the Harlequin: in literature, Rilke, Kafka, Brecht, and Weill; in art, Chagall and Rouault; in music, Stravinsky and Ravel; in film, Keaton, Chaplin, and the German expressionist montage of Lang and Wiene. From commedia to Caligari, the theme of this enormously provocative book is revolt and the modern spirit. . . . an intellectual tour de force.”—Choice