Renaissance Comedy: The Italian Masters - Volume 2

Donald Beecher

© 2009

In this second volume of Renaissance Comedy, Donald Beecher presents six more of the best-known plays of the period, each with its own introduction, reading notes, and annotations. Beecher's general introduction, though stand-alone, complements and extends the historical and critical essay prefacing the first volume. Together, the eleven plays in both volumes illuminate the range, variety, and development of the Italian comedy.

The second volume of Renaissance Comedy raises fascinating questions about the uses of classical literature, the conventions of comedy, the politics of theatrical production, and the representation of contemporary social issues. Though it is clear that comedic plays exercised considerable influence over the development of European drama, these plays are above all remarkable for their sheer wit and invention, and their capacity to generate laughter and admiration in readers nearly half a millennium later.

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  • Series: Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
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  • Page Count: 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.1in x 9.0in
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In this second volume of Renaissance Comedy, Donald Beecher presents six more of the best-known plays of the period, each with its own introduction, reading notes, and annotations.

Renaissance Comedy: The Italian Masters - Volume 2

Donald Beecher

© 2009

In this second volume of Renaissance Comedy, Donald Beecher presents six more of the best-known plays of the period, each with its own introduction, reading notes, and annotations. Beecher's general introduction, though stand-alone, complements and extends the historical and critical essay prefacing the first volume. Together, the eleven plays in both volumes illuminate the range, variety, and development of the Italian comedy.

The second volume of Renaissance Comedy raises fascinating questions about the uses of classical literature, the conventions of comedy, the politics of theatrical production, and the representation of contemporary social issues. Though it is clear that comedic plays exercised considerable influence over the development of European drama, these plays are above all remarkable for their sheer wit and invention, and their capacity to generate laughter and admiration in readers nearly half a millennium later.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.1in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘The two-volume collection of Renaissance comedies is a precious tool for scholars and readers interested in Italian Renaissance theatre…An extremely welcome addition to any ‘Italian library’ for English speaking readers.’
    Francesa Schironi
    International Journal of Classical Tradition, vol 18:03:2011
  • Author Information

    Donald Beecher is a professor in the Department of English at Carleton University.

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