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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1202  Wednesday, 30 June 1999.

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Subject:        New on the SHAKSPER Fileserver: NOVELLA.MEDIATOR

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Passing from Play to Play: The Novella as Mediator Between
 Italian and English Renaissance Drama



     This is an exploratory paper on a topic about which I continue to
have more questions than answers. It began, for me, with a consideration
of two contrasting approaches to comparative Renaissance drama, both of
which I find very useful. The newer of the two is sometimes called "new
structuralism"; the other is the more familiar discipline of theater
history. While "new structuralism" calls attention to similarities in
the stock plots and characters of Italian and English Renaissance drama,
theater historians point to the divergence in their theatrical
practices. A link between the two forms of drama is easy to sense but
hard to elucidate. I will suggest here that the genre of prose fiction
known as the novella was the mediator that not only transmitted Italian
dramas to England, but transformed them into the kinds of material that

the very different practices of the English public stages would find
"good to use."
 

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