The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0526 Friday, 5 September 2008
Date: Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 15:35:52 +0200
Subject: Peter Lang New Publication: "English Renaissance Scenes"
PETER LANG - International Academic Publishers are pleased to announce a new
book by Paola Pugliatti / Alessandro Serpieri (eds)
English Renaissance Scenes: From Canon to Margins
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2008. 362
pp., 3 ill. ISBN 978-3-03911-079-7 pb.
This book throws new light on the complexity and variety of practices which may
be defined as 'theatrical' in a broad sense in sixteenth- and
seventeenth-century English drama. The volume deals first with the mainstream of
dramatic production, starting from the anti-theatrical debate which
characterized the whole period and increased in intensity as it went on. Here
Shakespeare and Ben Jonson come on stage with their rejoinders to this issue. At
the same time, while the universities were offering a kind of theatre workshop
importing Latin and Italian models, popular performances were being staged in
non-theatrical spaces. Tournaments, and their aristocratic codes, are explored
as well as more popular and 'marginal' spectacles - such as those of
conny-catching improvisers, jugglers, gypsy dancers and fortune-tellers, clowns
Paola Pugliatti: Introduction - Alessandro Serpieri: Abuse and Use of the
Theatre: Shakespeare and the Puritans - Susan Payne: Staging Marginality: Ben
Jonson's "Bartholomew Fair" - Claudia Corti: Civic Disorder and Theatrical
Order: Representations of Popular Rebellions in London at the End of the
Sixteenth Century - Mario Domenichelli: Tournaments as Triumphal Shows in
Shakespeare's Time - Fernando Cioni: Stages at the University of Cambridge in
Tudor England - Paola Pugliatti: Greene's Vision: The Conny-Catching Pamphlets
and the "Commedia dell'Arte" - Keir Elam: 'Enter Clowne': The Travels of the
English Comic Performer, from Offstage to Centre Stage to Text - Donatella
Pallotti: Shows of Holiness: Women's Prophetic Performance and its Perception in
Early Modern England - Paola Pugliatti: A Lost Lore: The Activity of Gypsies as
Performers on the Stage of Elizabethan-Jacobean Street Theatre - Nicoletta
Caputo: Entertainers 'on the Vagabond Fringe': Jugglers in Tudor and Stuart England.
Paola Pugliatti is full professor of English at the University of Florence. Her
interests are in the theory of literary genres, the mechanics of literary
communication, the poetics of modernism, and the genetics of literary texts. Her
latest book ("Beggary and Theatre in Early Modern England", 2003) shows her
interest in marginal forms of performance.
Alessandro Serpieri is Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the
University of Florence. His main fields of interest are theory of drama,
translation studies, Romantic and modern poetry. He has translated and edited
many Shakespearean plays, which have been staged in the major Italian theatres,
and has provided a rich commentary to Shakespeare's "Sonnets" (1991).
Direct order: http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?vLang=E&vID=11079
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