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The Commedia dell'Arte in the English imagination, 1571-1611

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This thesis examines how the commedia dell’arte manifested in the English imagination in the period 1571-1611. This form of professional, semi-improvised performance practice emerged from Italy in the mid-sixteenth century to capture the hearts of audiences across Europe and introduce regional dramaturgies to the literary and theatrical innovations of the Cinquecento. There are frequent references to the masked stock characters and extemporising routines of the arte in extant English print...

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Division:
HUMS
Department:
English Faculty
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Name:
European Research Council
Funder identifier:
http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100000781
Grant:
681884
Programme:
Innovation programme grant
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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