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The Resource The diva's gift to the Shakespearean stage : agency, theatricality, and the innamorata, Pamela Allen Brown

The diva's gift to the Shakespearean stage : agency, theatricality, and the innamorata, Pamela Allen Brown

Label
The diva's gift to the Shakespearean stage : agency, theatricality, and the innamorata
Title
The diva's gift to the Shakespearean stage
Title remainder
agency, theatricality, and the innamorata
Statement of responsibility
Pamela Allen Brown
Title variation
Agency, theatricality, and the innamorata
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Diva's Gift to the Shakespearean Stage traces the transnational connections between Shakespeare's all-male stage and the first female stars in the West. The book is the first to use Italian and English plays and other sources to explore this relationship, focusing on the gifted actress who radically altered female roles and expanded the horizons of drama just as the English were building their first paying theaters. By the time Shakespeare began to write plays, women had been acting professionally in Italian troupes for two decades, traveling across the Continent and acting in all genres, including tragicomedy and tragedy. Some women became the first truly international stars, winning royal and noble patrons and literary admirers beyond Italy, with repeat tours in France and Spain. Elizabeth and her court caught wind of the Italians' success, and soon troupes with actresses came to London to perform. Through contacts direct and indirect, English professionals grew keenly aware of the mimetic revolution wrought by the skilled diva, who expanded the innamorata and made the type more engaging, outspoken, and autonomous. Some English writers pushed back, treating the actress as a whorish threat to the all-male stage, which had long minimized female roles. Others saw a vital new model full of promise. Faced with rising demand for Italian-style plays, Lyly, Marlowe, Kyd, and Shakespeare used Italian models from scripted and improvised drama to turn out stellar female parts in the mode of the actress, altering them in significant ways while continuing to use boys to playthem. Writers seized on the comici's materials and methods to piece together pastoral, comic, and tragicomic plays from mobile theatergrams-plot elements, roles, stories, speeches, and star scenes, such as cross-dressing, the mad scene, and the sung lament
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YDX
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Brown, Pamela Allen,
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespearean actors and actresses
  • Women in the theater
  • Women in the theater
  • English drama
  • Shakespearean actors and actresses
  • English drama
  • Theater
  • Women in the theater
  • England
  • Italy
Label
The diva's gift to the Shakespearean stage : agency, theatricality, and the innamorata, Pamela Allen Brown
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (263-289) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: "For what's a play without a woman in it?" -- The innamorata ignites -- Italianating the boy -- Dying to act: from Bel-imperia to Juliet -- 4: Who's It? Acting the Actress in Shakespearean Comedy -- Hostile makeovers -- Dark ambition: the two faces of Portia -- "Let all the dukes and all the devils roar!" Mad skills and madwomen -- Epilogue: Cleopatra's Sweat -- Appendix A: Notable innamorata roles in English plays -- Appendix B: Italian documents in translation -- Appendix C: Scenario: "Isabella's jealousy."
Control code
1260291566
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
viii, 295 pages
Isbn
9780198867838
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1260291566
Label
The diva's gift to the Shakespearean stage : agency, theatricality, and the innamorata, Pamela Allen Brown
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (263-289) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: "For what's a play without a woman in it?" -- The innamorata ignites -- Italianating the boy -- Dying to act: from Bel-imperia to Juliet -- 4: Who's It? Acting the Actress in Shakespearean Comedy -- Hostile makeovers -- Dark ambition: the two faces of Portia -- "Let all the dukes and all the devils roar!" Mad skills and madwomen -- Epilogue: Cleopatra's Sweat -- Appendix A: Notable innamorata roles in English plays -- Appendix B: Italian documents in translation -- Appendix C: Scenario: "Isabella's jealousy."
Control code
1260291566
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
viii, 295 pages
Isbn
9780198867838
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1260291566

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