The Venetian Origins of the Commedia dell'Arte (Hardback)Peter Jordan (author)
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The Venetian Origins of the Commedia dell'Arte is a striking new enquiry into the late-Renaissance stirrings of professional secular comedy in Venice, and their connection to the development of what came to be known as the Commedia dell'Arte. The book contends that through a symbiotic collaboration between patrician amateurs and plebeian professionals, innovative forms of comedy developed in the Venice region, fusing `high' and `low' culture in a provocative mix that had a truly mass appeal.
Rich with anecdotes, diary entries and literary - often ribald - comic passages, Peter Jordan's central argument has important implications for the study of Venetian art, popular theatre and European cultural history.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 250
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
'Peter Jordan has, in The Venetian Origins of the Commedia dell'Arte, written a impeccable, funny, learned and extremely well-documented book. Jordan was for many years the head of Acting at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and has thirty years of experience in European theatres as actor, composer, musician, director and translator.' Angelo Paratico, Asian Review of Books
'[The Venetian Origins of the Commedia dell'Arte] is a successful infusion of practical experience into research which is based on solid academic criteria...This book is thoughtful, comprehensive, and based on a full direct acquaintance both with archival sources and with recent scholarship...Jordan's arguments provide genuine food for thought, and direct our attention more firmly to facts which cannot be overlooked.' Richard Andrews, Modern Language Review
'Peter Jordan is the first scholar to take up the "origin" challenge in years, and he rises nicely to the challenge in his important, interesting, and persuasive book...which makes a vital contribution to commedia dell'arte studies.' Robert Henke, Renaissance Quarterly
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