Pastoral Transformations: Italian Tragicomedy and Shakespeare's Late Plays

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University of Delaware Press, 1997 - Drama - 239 pages
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Pastoral Transformations examines the dramaturgy of Shakespeare's Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest in the context of sixteenth-century Italian tragicomedy. The book examines the theory and practice of Giraldi, Tasso, and Gurini, as well as experiments of the commedia dell'arte. The author demonstrates the presence of independent yet parallel historical and dramaturgical developments in the Italian and Shakespearean theaters.

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About the author (1997)

Robert Henke is an Associate Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature at Washington University, St Louis. The recipient of fellowships from Fulbright and Villa I Tatti, he has published articles on Shakespeare and Italian Renaissance drama in Comparative Drama, Genre, and Theatre Survey, among other journals. He is also the author of the book Pastoral Transformations: Italian Tragicomedy and Shakespeare's Late Plays.

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