The Commedia Dell'arte of Flaminio Scala: A Translation and Analysis of 30 Scenarios

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 341 pages
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The Commedia dell'Arte of Flaminio Scala presents a translation and commentary of selected scenarios composed or collected by the actor-manager Flaminio Scala that were first published in 1611. Thirty of Scala's 50 scenarios are included, complete with a detailed scene-by-scene analysis that demonstrates the methodology of Italian improvised theatre in the early modern period for the purposes of study as well as re-creation. Taking into consideration previous translations of the work, Richard Andrews's English translation and lengthy analytic commentary of the scenarios provide an overview of the commedia dell'arte style, describing how actors fleshed out scenes by inserting existing material from their repertoire into a plot framework and demonstrating a constant interchange of plot, characterization, and scene structure that moved between scripted and improvised comedy. Andrews points out similarities between the scenarios, borrowings from earlier Italian scripted comedies, analogies with other early modern drama including Shakespeare, and the re-use of these components by later dramatists such as Moliere and Goldoni. An extensive introduction sets the parameters for the commentaries, giving a description of commedia dell'arte as a phenomenon, explaining the categories of masked characters, and describing the nature and structure of the genre. A comprehensive index is organized for quick reference and lists which characters and masks appear in which scenarios, as well as frequent scenic components that recur, such as types of speeches, relationships, and emotional situations."
 

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Contents

Editors Preface
vii
Introduction
ix
Original Prefaces to the 1611 Volume
1
The Two Old Twins Comedy
5
Flavios Luck Comedy
19
The Jealous Old Man Comedy
31
The Husband Comedy
41
The Captain Comedy
53
Flavio the Fake Magician Comedy
161
The Faithful Friend Comedy
172
The Tutor Comedy
182
The Man Pretending Blindness Comedy
193
Isabella the Astrologer Comedy
204
The Hunt Comedy
215
The Madness of Isabella Comedy
225
The Portrait Comedy
239

The ToothPuller Comedy
62
The Faithful Loving Pilgrim Comedy
71
Isabella in Trouble Comedy
79
The Mirror Comedy
88
The Two Identical Captains Comedy
98
The Tragic Events Comedy
106
The Two Trusty Notaries Comedy
114
The Fake Magician Comedy
122
The Man Presumed Dead Comedy
131
Isabellas Jealousy Comedy
140
The Broken Promise Comedy
151
The Deserved Punishment Comedy
253
The Demented Princess Tragedy
264
The Comic Pastoral and Tragic Events Mixed Drama
274
Alvida Royal Drama
290
Rosalba the Enchantress Heroic Drama
300
The Magic Tree Pastoral
311
Bibliography
321
Index
329
About the Author
341
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About the author (2008)

Richard Andrews is professor emeritus of Italian at Leeds University. He is the author of Scripts and Scenarios: The performance of comedy in Renaissance Italy (1993) and A Theatre of Community Memory: Tuscan Sharecropping and the Teatro Povero di Monticchiello (1998).

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