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Author Coller, Alexandra, author.

Title Women, rhetoric, and drama in early modern Italy / by Alexandra Coller
Published New York and London : Routledge, 2017
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Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Women, Rhetoric, and Drama in Early Modern Italy; PART I: Women as Protagonists in Male-Authored Drama: Comedy and tragedy; 1 Fathers, Daughters, Crossdressing, and Names: Women, Rhetoric, and Education in Commedia Erudita; Coda: "Margherita Costa's Li buffoni (1641): The First (Extant) Female-Authored Scripted Comedy"; 2 Fashioning a Genealogy: The Rhetoric of Friendship and Female Virtue in Italian Renaissance tragedy; Coda: Valeria Miani's Celinda (1611) among Fin de Si├Ęcle Italian Tragedies
PART II: Women as Authors/Women as Protagonists: Pastoral Tragicomedy3 Women Writers and the Canon: Satyr Scenes and Female-Authored Pastoral Drama; 4 Isabetta Coreglia's Dori (1634): Writing Pastoral Drama Against the Backdrop of the Male Canon and an Incipient Female-Authored Tradition; 5 Isabetta Coreglia's Erindo il fido (1650) and Isabella Andreini's Mirtilla (1588): Using a Female-Authored Classic as Paradigm; Appendix; Bibliography; Index
Summary "Sixteenth-century Italy witnessed the rebirth of comedy, tragedy, and tragicomedy in the pastoral mode. Traditionally, we think of comedy and tragedy as remakes? of ancient models, and tragicomedy alone as the invention of the moderns. Women, Rhetoric, and Drama in Early Modern Italy suggests that all three genres were, in fact, remarkably new, if dramatists' intriguingly sympathetic portrayals of and sustained investment in women as vibrant and dynamic characters of the early modern stage are taken into account. This study examines the role of rhetoric and gender in early modern Italian drama, in itself and in order to explore its complex interrelationship with the rise of women writers and the role women played in Italian culture and society, while at the same time demonstrating just how closely intertwined history, culture, and dramatic writing are. Author Alexandra Coller focuses on the scripted/erudite plays of the sixteenth and first half of the seventeenth centuries, which, she argues, are indispensable for a balanced view of the history of drama and its place within contemporary literary and women's studies. As this book reveals, the ascendancy of comedy, tragedy, and tragicomedy in the vernacular seems to have been not only inextricably linked to but also dependent on the rise of women as prominent stage characters and, eventually, as authors in their own right."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Italian drama -- 16th century -- History and criticism
Italian literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism
Italian literature -- 16th century -- History and criticism.
Literature and society -- Italy -- History -- 16th century
Women and literature -- Italy -- History -- 16th century
Women in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Subjects & Themes -- Women.
DRAMA -- Continental European.
Italian drama.
Italian literature -- Women authors.
Italian literature.
Literature and society.
Women and literature.
Women in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017025089
ISBN 1134780109