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Book Announcement - First volume of the AIRS Series
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0772  Saturday, 24 November 2007

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Date:		Saturday, 24 Nov 2007 17:26:24 +0100
Subject:	Book Announcement - First volume of the AIRS Series

Book Announcement
First volume of the AIRS series (Ashgate).

Italian Culture in the Drama of Shakespeare & His Contemporaries:
Rewriting, Remaking, Refashioning
Edited by Michele Marrapodi
(Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies No. 1)
Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007.

"Applying recent developments in new historicism and cultural 
materialism - along with the new perspectives opened up by the current 
debate on intertextuality and the construction of the theatrical text - 
the essays collected here reconsider the pervasive influence of Italian 
culture, literature, and traditions on early modern English drama. The 
volume focuses strongly on Shakespeare but also includes contributions 
on Marston, Middleton, Ford, Brome, Aretino, and other early modern 
dramatists."

Contents.
Introduction. Appropriating Italy towards a new approach to Renaissance 
drama
Michele Marrapodi

Part I: Rewriting Italian prose and drama
Pastoral jazz from the writ to the liberty
Louise George Clubb

Harlequin/harlotry in Henry IV, Part One
Frances K. Barasch

The mirror of all Christian courtiers: Castiglione's Cortegiano as a 
source for Henry V
Adam Max Cohen

Shakespeare's romantic Italy: novelistic, theatrical, and cultural 
transactions in the Comedies
Michele Marrapodi

Virtuosity and mimesis in the Commedia dell'arte and Hamlet
Robert Henke

Gascoigne's Supposes: Englishing Italian 'error' and adversarial reading 
practices
Jill Phillips Ingram

Part II: Remaking Italian myths and culture
'At the cubicolo': Shakespeare's problems with Italian language and culture
Keir Elam

Between myth and fact: The Merchant of Venice as docu-drama
J. R. Mulryne

Harington, Troilus and Cressida, and the poets' war
Lisa Hopkins

Shakespeare's dreams, sprites, and the recognition game
Nina daVinci Nichols

Re-make/re-model: Marston's The Malcontent and Guarinian tragicomedy
Jason Lawrence

Part III: Refashioning ideology
Shakespeare and Venice
John Drakakis

'As if a man were author of himself': the (re-)fashioning of the Oedipal
hero from Plutarch's Martius to Shakespeare's Coriolanus
Claudia Corti

'The strongest oaths are straw': ritual inversion in Shakespeare's The 
Tempest
Victoria Scala Wood

Learning to spy: The Tempest as Italianate disguised-duke play
Michael J. Redmond

The courtesan revisited: Thomas Middleton, Pietro Aretino, and 
sex-phobic criticism
Celia R. Daileader

Part IV: Coda
The music of words. From madrigal to drama and beyond: Shakespeare 
foreshadowing an operatic technique
Giorgio Melchiori

Select Bibliography
Index

ANGLO-ITALIAN RENAISSANCE STUDIES SERIES
Series Editors
General Editor, Michele Marrapodi, University of Palermo, Italy
Advisory Editors, Keir Elam, University of Bologna, Italy
Robert Henke, Washington University, USA

This series aims to place early modern English drama within the context 
of the European Renaissance and, more specifically, within the context 
of Italian cultural, dramatic, and literary traditions, with reference 
to the impact and influence of both classical and contemporary culture. 
Among the various forms of influence, the series considers early modern 
Italian novellas, theatre, and discourses as direct or indirect sources, 
analogues and paralogues for the construction of Shakespeare's drama, 
particularly in the comedies, romances, and other Italianate plays. 
Critical analysis focusing on other cultural transactions, such as 
travel and courtesy books, the arts, fencing, dancing, and fashion, will 
also be encompassed within the scope of the series. Special attention is 
paid to the manner in which early modern English dramatists adapted 
Italian materials to suit their theatrical agendas, creating new forms, 
and stretching the Renaissance practice of contaminatio to achieve, even 
if unconsciously, a process of rewriting, remaking, and refashioning of 
'alien' cultures. The series welcomes both single-author studies and 
collections of essays and invites proposals that take into account the 
transition of cultures between the two countries as a bilateral process, 
paying attention also to the penetration of early modern English culture 
into the Italian world.

FORTHCOMING TITLES IN THE SERIES

A Bibliographical Catalogue of Italian Books Printed in England, 1558-1603
Compiled by Soko Tomita

Shakespeare, Politics, and Italy: Intertextuality on the Jacobean Stage
Michael J. Redmond

Courtesans, Shakespeare, and Early Modern Drama
Duncan James Salkeld

Old Age, Masculinity, and Early Modern Comedy
Anthony Ellis

Shakespeare and Rome: Identity, Otherness, Empire
Edited by Maria Del Sapio Garbero

Shakespeare and Venice
Graham Holderness

Translating Women: Female Figures in the Elizabethan Versions of 
Boiardo, Ariosto, and Tasso
Selene Scarsi

Machiavelli in the British Isles: Two Early Modern Translations of the 
Principe
Alessandra Petrina

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