Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance Book

Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance


  • Author : Michele Marrapodi
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-04-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317056447

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Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance Excerpt :

Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance investigates the works of Shakespeare and his fellow dramatists from within the context of the European Renaissance and, more specifically, from within the context of Italian cultural, dramatic, and literary traditions, with reference to the impact and influence of classical, coeval, and contemporary culture. In contrast to previous studies, the critical perspectives pursued in this volume’s tripartite organization take into account a wider European intertextual dimension and, above all, an ideological interpretation of the 'aesthetics' or 'politics' of intertextuality. Contributors perceive the presence of the Italian world in early modern England not as a traditional treasure trove of influence and imitation, but as a potential cultural force, consonant with complex processes of appropriation, transformation, and ideological opposition through a continuous dialectical interchange of compliance and subversion.

Italian Culture in the Drama of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Book

Italian Culture in the Drama of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries


  • Author : Michele Marrapodi
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-12-05
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351925846

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Italian Culture in the Drama of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Excerpt :

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.

The Shakespeare Guide to Italy Book

The Shakespeare Guide to Italy


  • Author : Richard Paul Roe
  • Publisher : Harper Perennial
  • Release Date : 2011-11-08
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 0062074261

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The Shakespeare Guide to Italy Excerpt :

Richard Paul Roe spent more than twenty years traveling the length and breadth of Italy on a literary quest of unparalleled significance. Using the text from Shakespeare’s ten “Italian Plays” as his only compass, Roe determined the exact locations of nearly every scene in Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado about Nothing, The Tempest, and the remaining dramas set in Italy. His chronicle of travel, analysis, and discovery paints with unprecedented clarity a picture of what the Bard must have experienced before penning his plays. Equal parts literary detective story and vivid travelogue—containing copious annotations and more than 150 maps, photographs, and paintings—The Shakespeare Guide to Italy is a unique, compelling, and deeply provocative journey that will forever change our understanding of how to read the Bard . . . and irrevocably alter our vision of who William Shakespeare really was.

Shakespeare   s Italy and Italy   s Shakespeare Book

Shakespeare s Italy and Italy s Shakespeare


  • Author : Shaul Bassi
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2016-05-04
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 231
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137491701

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Shaul Bassi is Associate Professor of English and Postcolonial Literature at Ca'Foscari University of Venice, Italy. His publications include Visions of Venice in Shakespeare, with Laura Tosi, and Experiences of Freedom in Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures, with Annalisa Oboe.

Shakespeare and the Visual Arts Book

Shakespeare and the Visual Arts


  • Author : Michele Marrapodi
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-02-17
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 408
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351815123

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Shakespeare and the Visual Arts Excerpt :

Critical investigation into the rubric of 'Shakespeare and the visual arts' has generally focused on the influence exerted by the works of Shakespeare on a number of artists, painters, and sculptors in the course of the centuries. Drawing on the poetics of intertextuality and profiting from the more recent concepts of cultural mobility and permeability between cultures in the early modern period, this volume’s tripartite structure considers instead the relationship between Renaissance material arts, theatre, and emblems as an integrated and intermedial genre, explores the use and function of Italian visual culture in Shakespeare’s oeuvre, and questions the appropriation of the arts in the production of the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. By studying the intermediality between theatre and the visual arts, the volume extols drama as a hybrid genre, combining the figurative power of imagery with the plasticity of the acting process, and explains the tri-dimensional quality of the dramatic discourse in the verbal-visual interaction, the stagecraft of the performance, and the natural legacy of the iconographical topoi of painting’s cognitive structures. This methodolical approach opens up a new perspective in the intermedial construction of Shakespearean and early modern drama, extending the concept of theatrical intertextuality to the field of pictorial arts and their social-cultural resonance. An afterword written by an expert in the field, a rich bibliography of primary and secondary literature, and a detailed Index round off the volume.

Shakespeare  Politics  and Italy Book

Shakespeare Politics and Italy


  • Author : Michael J. Redmond
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-04-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317056195

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The use of Italian culture in the Jacobean theatre was never an isolated gesture. In considering the ideological repercussions of references to Italy in prominent works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Michael J. Redmond argues that early modern intertextuality was a dynamic process of allusion, quotation, and revision. Beyond any individual narrative source, Redmond foregrounds the fundamental role of Italian textual precedents in the staging of domestic anxieties about state crisis, nationalism, and court intrigue. By focusing on the self-conscious, overt rehearsal of existing texts and genres, the book offers a new approach to the intertextual strategies of early modern English political drama. The pervasive circulation of Cinquecento political theorists like Machiavelli, Castiglione, and Guicciardini combined with recurrent English representations of Italy to ensure that the negotiation with previous writing formed an integral part of the dramatic agendas of period plays.

Theatre  Magic and Philosophy Book

Theatre Magic and Philosophy


  • Author : Gabriela Dragnea Horvath
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-07-06
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134767717

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Analyzing Shakespeare's views on theatre and magic and John Dee's concerns with philosophy and magic in the light of the Italian version of philosophia perennis (mainly Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola and Giordano Bruno), this book offers a new perspective on the Italian-English cultural dialogue at the Renaissance and its contribution to intellectual history. In an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach, it investigates the structural commonalities of theatre and magic as contiguous to the foundational concepts of perennial philosophy, and explores the idea that the Italian thinkers informed not only natural philosophy and experimentation in England, but also Shakespeare's theatre. The first full length project to consider Shakespeare and John Dee in juxtaposition, this study brings textual and contextual evidence that Gonzalo, an honest old Counsellor in The Tempest, is a plausible theatrical representation of John Dee. At the same time, it places John Dee in the tradition of the philosophia perennis-accounting for what appears to the modern scholar the conflicting nature of his faith and his scientific mind, his powerful fantasy and his need for order and rigor-and clarifies Edward Kelly's role and creative participation in the scrying sessions, regarding him as co-author of the dramatic episodes reported in Dee's spiritual diaries. Finally, it connects the Enochian/Angelic language to the myth of the Adamic language at the core of Italian philosophy and brings evidence that the Enochian is an artificial language originated by applying creatively the analytical instruments of text hermeneutics used in the Cabala.

English and Italian Literature From Dante to Shakespeare Book

English and Italian Literature From Dante to Shakespeare


  • Author : Robin Kirkpatrick
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-07-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 342
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317898429

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English and Italian Literature From Dante to Shakespeare Excerpt :

This is the first comprehensive critical comparison of English and Italian literature from the three centuries from Dante to Shakespeare. It begins by examining Chaucer's relationship with Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, and then looks at similar relationships within the areas of humanist education, lyric poetry, the epic, theatrical comedy, the short story and the pastoral drama. It provides a detailed comparison of major works from both traditions including descriptive and critical readings of Italian works. It shows why English writers valued such works and demonstrates the ways in which they departed from or tried to outdo the Italian original. Assuming no prior knowledge of Italy or Italian literary history, this book introduces the student and general reader to one of the most important and fascinating phases in European literary history.

John Florio Book

John Florio


  • Author : Lamberto Tassinari
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Authors, Italian
  • Pages : 386
  • ISBN 10 : 2981035819

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The Italian Novella and Shakespeare   s Comic Heroines Book

The Italian Novella and Shakespeare s Comic Heroines


  • Author : Melissa Emerson Walter
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release Date : 2019-08-21
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9781487503642

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The Italian Novella and Shakespeare s Comic Heroines Excerpt :

This is the first book to provide a full treatment of Shakespeare's literary and theatrical engagement with the Italian novella and female agency.

Shakespeare and Crisis Book

Shakespeare and Crisis


  • Author : Silvia Bigliazzi
  • Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Release Date : 2020-06-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 9789027261113

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Shakespeare and Crisis Excerpt :

Shakespeare and Crisis: One hundred years of Italian narratives explores how Shakespeare intervened in the Italian socio-political and cultural scene between his third and fourth centenaries, at times which were manifestly perceived as ‘critical’. It asks which complex mythopoietic processes contributed to shaping regimes of reading Shakespeare in response to those times of crisis. Crises of national identity during the Great War and the Fascist regime, crises of history in the 1970s, and crises of representation in the second half of the twentieth century extending into the new millennium constitute the three main areas of a discussion that ultimately aims at probing into the role of literature at times of crisis. The volume situates itself at the juncture of European Shakespeare studies and studies of Shakespeare and Italy. It addresses essential questions about the position of literature in society, offering at different levels new insights for scholars, students, and the general reader.

The Shakespeare Guide to Italy Book

The Shakespeare Guide to Italy


  • Author : Richard Paul Roe
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2011-11-08
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062074270

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The Shakespeare Guide to Italy Excerpt :

Richard Paul Roe spent more than twenty years traveling the length and breadth of Italy on a literary quest of unparalleled significance. Using the text from Shakespeare’s ten “Italian Plays” as his only compass, Roe determined the exact locations of nearly every scene in Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado about Nothing, The Tempest, and the remaining dramas set in Italy. His chronicle of travel, analysis, and discovery paints with unprecedented clarity a picture of what the Bard must have experienced before penning his plays. Equal parts literary detective story and vivid travelogue—containing copious annotations and more than 150 maps, photographs, and paintings—The Shakespeare Guide to Italy is a unique, compelling, and deeply provocative journey that will forever change our understanding of how to read the Bard . . . and irrevocably alter our vision of who William Shakespeare really was.

Shakespeare  Italy  and Intertextuality Book

Shakespeare Italy and Intertextuality


  • Author : Michele Marrapodi
  • Publisher : Manchester University Press
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : 0719066662

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Shakespeare Italy and Intertextuality Excerpt :

Introduction; Part I: Theory And Practice; Part II: Culture And Tradition; Part III: Text And Ideology; Part IV: Stage And Spectacle; Afterword; Select bibliography; Index.

Italian Culture in the Drama of Shakespeare   His Contemporaries Book

Italian Culture in the Drama of Shakespeare His Contemporaries


  • Author : Michele Marrapodi
  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 286
  • ISBN 10 : 0754655040

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Italian Culture in the Drama of Shakespeare His Contemporaries Excerpt :

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 infl

Shakespeare   s Ruins and Myth of Rome Book

Shakespeare s Ruins and Myth of Rome


  • Author : Maria Del Sapio Garbero
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2022-01-14
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000531596

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Shakespeare s Ruins and Myth of Rome Excerpt :

Rome was tantamount to its ruins, a dismembered body, to the eyes of those – Italians and foreigners – who visited the city in the years prior to or encompassing the lengthy span of the Renaissance. Drawing on the double movement of archaeological exploration and creative reconstruction entailed in the humanist endeavour to ‘resurrect’ the past, ‘ruins’ are seen as taking precedence over ‘myth’, in Shakespeare’s Rome. They are assigned the role of a heuristic model, and discovered in all their epistemic relevance in Shakespeare’s dramatic vision of history and his negotiation of modernity. This is the first book of its kind to address Shakespeare’s relationship with Rome’s authoritative myth, archaeologically, by taking as a point of departure a chronological reversal, namely the vision of the ‘eternal’ city as a ruinous scenario and hence the ways in which such a layered, ‘silent’, and aporetic scenario allows for an archaeo-anatomical approach to Shakespeare’s Roman works.