The Resource Old age, masculinity, and early modern drama : comic elders on the Italian and Shakespearean stage, Anthony Ellis

Old age, masculinity, and early modern drama : comic elders on the Italian and Shakespearean stage, Anthony Ellis

Label
Old age, masculinity, and early modern drama : comic elders on the Italian and Shakespearean stage
Title
Old age, masculinity, and early modern drama
Title remainder
comic elders on the Italian and Shakespearean stage
Statement of responsibility
Anthony Ellis
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This first book-length study to trace the evolution of the comic old man in Italian and English Renaissance comedy shows how English dramatists adopted and reimagined an Italian model to reflect native concerns about and attitudes toward growing old. Anthony Ellis provides an in-depth study of the comic old man in the erudite comedy of sixteenth-century Florence; the character's parallel development in early modern Venice, including the commedia dell'arte; and, along with a consideration of Anglo-Italian intertextuality, the character's subsequent flourishing on the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage. In outlining the character's development, Ellis identifies and describes the physical and behavioral characteristics of the comic old man and situates these traits within early modern society by considering prevailing medical theories, sexual myths, and intergenerational conflict over political and economic circumstances. The plays examined include Italian dramas by Bernardo Dovizi da Bibbiena, Niccol ̣Machiavelli, Donato Giannotti, Lorenzino de' Medici, Andrea Calmo, and Flaminio Scala, and English works by William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Thomas Dekker, along with Middleton, Rowley, and Heywood's The Old Law. Besides providing insight into stage representations of aging, this book illuminates how early modern people conceived of and responded to the experience of growing old and its social, economic, and physical challenges."--Publisher's description
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ellis, Anthony
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR658.A43
LC item number
E66 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Anglo-Italian Renaissance studies series.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Aging in literature
  • Old age in literature
  • English drama
  • English drama
  • English drama (Comedy)
  • English drama
  • Italian drama (Comedy)
  • Italian drama
  • Aging
  • Aging
  • Åldrandet i litteraturen
  • Åldrandet
  • Engelska komedier
  • Engelska komedier
  • Italienska komedier
  • Literature, Modern
  • Drama
  • Medicine in Literature
  • Aged
  • Masculinity
  • History, 16th Century
  • History, 17th Century
  • Komödie
  • Komödie
  • Alter
  • Alter
  • Aging in literature
  • Aging
  • English drama
  • English drama (Comedy)
  • English drama
  • English drama
  • Italian drama
  • Italian drama (Comedy)
  • Old age in literature
  • United Kingdom
  • Italy
Label
Old age, masculinity, and early modern drama : comic elders on the Italian and Shakespearean stage, Anthony Ellis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references ([171]-184) and index
Contents
'All the world is of this humor': senescence and melancholy in Shakespeare's England and the case of King Lear -- Old age and the uses of comedy: Bibbiena's Calandra and Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor -- Comedy and Florentine politics: the problem of generations -- Andrea Calmo, Renaissance Venice, and the challenge of the gerontocratic ideal -- 'Caso unico nel mondo delle Maschere' the comic mutations of the Pantalone mask in Flaminio Scala's Commedia dell' Arte scenarios -- Jonson's Alchemist and Dekker's Old Fortunatus: magic, mortality and the debasement of (the golden) age -- Old age and the Utopian project: The Tempest and The Old Law
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
190 p.
Isbn
9780754665786
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009005303
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)310959351
  • (OCoLC)ocn310959351
Label
Old age, masculinity, and early modern drama : comic elders on the Italian and Shakespearean stage, Anthony Ellis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references ([171]-184) and index
Contents
'All the world is of this humor': senescence and melancholy in Shakespeare's England and the case of King Lear -- Old age and the uses of comedy: Bibbiena's Calandra and Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor -- Comedy and Florentine politics: the problem of generations -- Andrea Calmo, Renaissance Venice, and the challenge of the gerontocratic ideal -- 'Caso unico nel mondo delle Maschere' the comic mutations of the Pantalone mask in Flaminio Scala's Commedia dell' Arte scenarios -- Jonson's Alchemist and Dekker's Old Fortunatus: magic, mortality and the debasement of (the golden) age -- Old age and the Utopian project: The Tempest and The Old Law
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
190 p.
Isbn
9780754665786
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009005303
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)310959351
  • (OCoLC)ocn310959351

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