Goldoni and the Venice of His Time

Goldoni and the Venice of His Time

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Goldoni and the Venice of His Time

Goldoni and the Venice of His Time

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Italian comedy before Goldoni -- Italian comedy was result of intentional imitation -- was a continuation of Roman comedy -- religious drama -- "Classical comedy" a hybrid contradiction -- Ariosto first Italian writer of Classical comedy -- Machiavelli Mandragola a masterpiece -- it is deeper than a satire, presents a social thesis -- Aretino's plays are light comedy -- Florentine writers who influenced Goldoni -- Florentine Academy -- Grazzini, Gelli, and Cecchi -- the popular comedy, or La commedia dell'arte -- Beolco, il Ruzzante , an initiator of improvised comedy -- dialect in popular comedy -- century of Arcadia produced few good comedies -- Andreini as author-actor-manager -- Neapolitan comedy an imitation of Spanish -- Florentine popular comedy --seventeenth century supreme period of commedia dell'arte -- vulgarity characterised improvised comedy -- Goldoni's poor judgment of other writers -- Fagiuoli, Gigli, Nelli depict Florentine life -- other contemporaries of Goldoni are unimportant.

THE importance of Goldoni's reform of the Italian comedy can be computed only by comparing it with what the Italian comedy had achieved before his time and by considering what others had previously tried to accomplish on similar lines and with like purpose. Goldoni is, as he claimed to be, a reformer and an innovator. Few men originate anything, but many share in the neverending evolution by continuing the task of their precursors. Goldoni did this.

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