Graduate Courses, Spring 2008

Italian 540 (COML 540, ENGL 540, SPAN 540)
Theater and Deception in the European Renaissance

Prof. Finotti
T 1:30-3:30

In Renaissance courts life acquires a theatrical character. The courtier moves
on a stage that conditions his behavior and discourse. How does the
extraordinary rebirth of comic theater connect to this wide-spread
theatricalization of courtly life? 1) From sacred to profane theater. 2)
Performances and translations of Plautus. 3) Italian, English and European
tradition: from Aretino to Shakespeare. 4) The comic character of
sixteenthy-century dialogues 5) Satyrs, shepherds, gods, and the birth of
melodrama.
The course will be conducted in English. Undergraduates may register with permission from instructor.