Pastoral Drama in Early Modern Italy : The Making of a New Genre, Hardback Book

Pastoral Drama in Early Modern Italy : The Making of a New Genre Hardback

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Emerging in Italy in the mid-sixteenth century, pastoral drama is one of the most characteristic genres of its time.

Sampson traces its uneven development into the following century by exploring masterpieces by Tasso and Guarini, and many lesser known works, some by women writers.

She examines the treatment of key themes of love, the Golden Age, and Nature and Art against the background of the textual and stage production of the plays. An investigation of critical writings associated with the genre further reveals its significance to the contemporary literary scene, by stimulating 'modernizing' attitudes towards the canon, as well as new enquiries into the function and possibilities of art.

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