Old Age, Masculinity, and Early Modern Drama: Comic Elders on the Italian and Shakespearean Stage

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - Literary Criticism - 190 pages
As it considers early modern medical theories, sexual myths, and intergenerational conflicts, this book traces the development of the comic old man character in Renaissance comedy, from his many incarnations in Venice and Florence to his popularity on the English stage. As Anthony Ellis shows how English dramatists adapted an Italian model to portray concerns about growing old, he sheds new light on early modern society's complex attitudes toward aging.
 

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Contents

Senescence and Melancholy
15
Bibbienas Calandra
41
The Problem of Generations
63
Andrea Calmo Renaissance Venice and the Challenge of
93
Magic
137
The Tempest and The Old Law
155
Bibliography
171
Index
185
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Anthony Ellis is an associate professor of English at Western Michigan University, USA, where he teaches Shakespeare and other Renaissance literature. He serves as associate editor of the journal Comparative Drama.

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