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The birth of modern comedy in Renaissance Italy.

Author: Douglas Radcliff-Umstead
Publisher: Chicago, University of Chicago Press [1969]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Italian Renaissance comedy is a literary genre previously found by most critics to be totally lacking in originality. Until recent years, many literary historians dismissed these comic productions as mere imitations of the works of Plautus and Terence. Douglas Radcliff-Umstead, however, provides a detailed analytical and comparative study of Renaissance comedy in Italy and shows it to be not a pallid imitation, but  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas Radcliff-Umstead
OCLC Number: 12636
Description: ix, 285 pages 24 cm
Contents: The humanistic prelude --
The emergence of the erudite comedy --
Rebel and academic comedies --
Conclusion: The creation of a modern comic theater --
Appendix 1. Plots of Latin plays --
Appendix 2. Plots of Italian plays.

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Italian Renaissance comedy is a literary genre previously found by most critics to be totally lacking in originality. Until recent years, many literary historians dismissed these comic productions as mere imitations of the works of Plautus and Terence. Douglas Radcliff-Umstead, however, provides a detailed analytical and comparative study of Renaissance comedy in Italy and shows it to be not a pallid imitation, but original drama which expressed Renaissance values and depicted contemporary customs.--[book jacket].

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