RCHUMS 387 - Renaissance Drama
Section: 001 Renaissance Comedy and the Commedia dell'arte
Term: FA 2009
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Advisory Prerequisites:
Permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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An introduction to the COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE, the masked, improvised comedy of the Italian Renaissance. Students will experiment with the principal "masks" (Pantalone, Arlecchino, il Capitano, etc.), a period scenario, and the creation of comic "business" (Lazzi). This practical theatre workshop will be supplemented by a study of literary comedies:

  • Moliére’s early farces,
  • Machiavelli’s La Mandragola,
  • Bibbiena's Comedy of Calandro,
  • the farces of Ruzzante,
  • Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters,
  • etc.


  • The Italian Comedy - Pierre Duchartre (Dover).
  • Commedia dell'arte: An Actor’s Handbook - John Rudlin (Routledge).
  • Five Comedies of the Italian Renaissance trans. Laura Giannetti & Guido Ruggiero (Johns Hopkins).
RCHUMS 387 - Renaissance Drama
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:00AM - 1:00PM
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