LiteratureLIT 151D Studies in the Italian Theater: Early Modern Comedy

The courtly, popular, and populist traditions in Renaissance comedy from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries. Emphasis is placed on the way in which particular social and historical factors conditioned the forms of dramatic representation which flourished during the Renaissance. Among authors to be studied are Aretino, Machiavelli, Poliziano, and examples of the commedia dell'arte. Critical approach designations: Genres, Media. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750.