ITAL-392 The Theatre of Power: Dynasties, Politics, and Theatre, AD 1500-1800
Fall for 2015-2016
Professor Gianni Cicali
The course will examine relations between early modern Italian theater
and the ruling classes. We will explore this fascinating and
fundamental historical issue from the Renaissance to the beginning of
the 1800s as a journey through Italy, its towns, its architecture, and
its dynasties: Florence (the Medici), Rome (the Catholic church and
the clergy), Naples (the Bourbons), Venice, Ferrara, Vicenza and
Mantova (aristocracy and minor dynasties). The actual staging of a
text (a comedy, or a dramatic reading, etc.) will be among the final
objectives of the course. The course will be conducted in Italian. will be examined, together with some of the most significant theories of theater. The staging of a play will be among the final objectives of the course. Live theater activities, as well as rehearsal hours, will take place in accordance with both the class as well as the Gonda theater schedule.
Class materials will include texts as well as a wide selection of iconographical data from Italian art. The course will be conducted in Italian.
Prerequisites: ITAL 233 or equivalent
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