The Routledge Research Companion to Anglo-Italian Renaissance Literature and Culture
Marrapodi, Michele (EDT)
528 p. 25 cm
The aim of this Companion volume is to provide scholars and advanced graduate students with a comprehensive and authoritative state-of-the-art review of current research work on Anglo-Italian Renaissance studies. Written by a team of international scholars and experts in the field, the chapters are grouped into two large areas of influence and intertextuality, corresponding to the dual way in which early modern England looked upon the Italian world from the English perspective - Part 1: "Italian literature and culture" and Part 2: "Appropriations and ideologies". In the first part, prominent Italian authors, artists, and thinkers are examined as a direct source of inspiration, imitation, and divergence. The variegated English response to the cultural, ideological, and political implications of pervasive Italian intertextuality, in interrelated aspects of artistic and generic production, is dealt with in the second part. Constructed on the basis of a largely interdisciplinary approach, the volume offers an in-depth and wide-ranging treatment of the multifaceted ways in which Italy's material world and its iconologies are represented, appropriated, and exploited in the literary and cultural domain of early modern England. For this reason, contributors were asked to write essays that not only reflect current thinking but also point to directions for future research and scholarship, while a purposefully conceived bibliography of primary and secondary sources and a detailed index round off the volume.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Introduction Michele Marrapodi Past, present, and future in Anglo-Italian renaissance studies: i. Back to the past. Forward to the present ii. Italy as a stage iii. Ideology and politics in Italianate revenge drama iv. Critical approaches to Italian literature and culture v. Prospects of future developments vi. This volume: Part one vii. This volume: Part two PART I: Italian literature and culture 1. Dante's Vita Nuova and Petrarchismo: A Critical Review of Contemporary Scholarship Marco Andreacchio 2. Boccaccio's Decameron and Theatricality Janet Levarie Smarr 3. Commedia erudita: Birth and Transfiguration Louise George Clubb 4. Machiavelli's comedies of "virtu" Duncan Salkeld 5. Senecan Tragedy in the English Renaissance Mario Domenichelli 6. Masters of civility: Castiglione's Courtier, Della Casa's Galateo, and Guazzo's Civil Conversation in early modern England Cathy L. Shrank 7. "Did Ariosto write it?" - The Orlando Furioso in Elizabethan poetry Selene Scarsi 8. The Italian comici and commedia dell'arte Richard Andrews 9. Giordano Bruno in England. From London to Rome Gilberto Sacerdoti 10. Italian Pastoral Tragicomedy and English Early Modern Drama Robert Henke 11. The Pastoral Poem and Novel Jane Tylus 12. "Oh that we had such an English Tasso": Tasso in English Poetry and Drama to 1700 Jason Lawrence PART II: Appropriations and ideologies 13. Petrarch in England John Roe 14. The Novella and the Art of Story-Telling in the Anglo-Italian Renaissance Melissa Walter 15. Shakespeare and the Arts of Painting and Music Duncan Salkeld 16. 'Absolute Castilio'? The Reputation and Reception of Castiglione's Book of the Courtier in Elizabethan England Mary Partridge 17. Machiavelli's Principe and the New Ethics of Power Alessandra Petrina 18. 'Boying their greatness': Transnational Effects of the Italian Divas on the Shakespearean Stage Rosalind Kerr 19. Commedia dell'arte in Early Modern English Drama Eric Nicholson 20. The Scholarship of Italian and English Renaissance Festivals J. R. Mulryne 21. John Florio and the Circulation of Italian Culture Michael Wyatt 22. Heretics, Translators, Intelligencers: Italian Reformers in Tudor England Diego Pirillo 23. Italy, Printing industry, and the cultural market in Elizabethan England Mario Domenichelli 24. Anglo-Venetian Networks. Paolo Sarpi in Early Modern England Chiara Petrolini and Diego Pirillo Afterword Location and Narration Keir Elam Bibliography Notes on contributors Index