Commedia Dell'arte Performance: Context and Contents

Commedia Dell'arte Performance: Context and Contents

Commedia Dell'arte Performance: Context and Contents

Commedia Dell'arte Performance: Context and Contents

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Twenty-six scholars gathered on the campus of The University of Alabama on April 10-12, 1992, to examine some of the latest scholarship relating to commedia dell'arte. Under the leadership of Symposium Director Paul Castagno, a panel of five commedia experts responded to a packet of primary material that had been prepared for them, and eighteen other papers focusing on various aspects of commedia were also read. Through a refereeing process, the Editorial Board selected seven of these eighteen papers to be published in Part II of this volume.

Part I was assembled by recording, transcribing, and editing the contributions of the five symposium participants. Each of them made a short presentation reacting to the primary material, and there was then a general discussion among them led by Paul Castagno; the five panelists were Nancy D'Antuono (St. Mary's College, IN), James Fisher (Wabash College, IN), Thomas F. Heck (Ohio State University), Michael L. Quinn (University of Washington), and John Swan (Bennington College, VT).

Since the primary materials to which the panel responded are readily available in most libraries, they have not been reprinted here. The Enchanted Wood and The Madness of Isabella are commedia dell'arte scenarios from Flaminio Scala's II Teatro delle favole rappresentative and are available in a translation by Henry F. Salerno entitled Scenarios of the Commedia dell'Arte (New York: New York University Press, 1967), pages 378-384 and 282-291 respectively. Innocence Restored is a scenario from Locatelli translated by K. M. Lea in her Italian Popular Comedy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1934), volume 2, pages 573-579. Other documents were selected from Kenneth and Laura Richards' The Commedia dell'Arte: A Documen-

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