The Venetian Origins of the Commedia dell'Arte, Paperback / softback Book

The Venetian Origins of the Commedia dell'Arte Paperback / softback


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Theatre studies
  • ISBN: 9780415698764



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