Italian Culture in the Drama of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: Rewriting, Remaking, Refashioning

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Michele Marrapodi
Routledge, 05/12/2016 - 304 páginas
Applying recent developments in new historicism and cultural materialism - along with the new perspectives opened up by the current debate on intertextuality and the construction of the theatrical text - the essays collected here reconsider the pervasive influence of Italian culture, literature, and traditions on early modern English drama. The volume focuses strongly on Shakespeare but also includes contributions on Marston, Middleton, Ford, Brome, Aretino, and other early modern dramatists. The pervasive influence of Italian culture, literature, and traditions on the European Renaissance, it is argued here, offers a valuable opportunity to study the intertextual dynamics that contributed to the construction of the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatrical canon. In the specific area of theatrical discourse, the drama of the early modern period is characterized by the systematic appropriation of a complex Italian iconology, exploited both as the origin of poetry and art and as the site of intrigue, vice, and political corruption. Focusing on the construction and the political implications of the dramatic text, this collection analyses early modern English drama within the context of three categories of cultural and ideological appropriation: the rewriting, remaking, and refashioning of the English theatrical tradition in its iconic, thematic, historical, and literary aspects.

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Cover
Pastoral Jazz from the Writ to the Liberty
HarlequinHarlotry in Henry IV Part
Novelistic
Virtuosity and Mimesis in the Commedia
Englishing Italian
Shakespeares Problems
The Merchant
Shakespeares Dreams Sprites and
Marstons
Shakespeare and Venice
Ritual
Victoria Scala Wood
Thomas
The Music of Words From Madrigal
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Harington Troilus and Cressida and
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Michele Marrapodi is Full Professor of English Language and Literature, and History of English Drama in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Palermo, Italy.

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