Explores the rich comic tradition that began in the Roman republic and continued to flourish through the stages of the Renaissance and to the movie screens and concert halls of early 21st century Italy. Spectrum of topics includes the moral and legal status of the comedian; relationship of comic authors and performers to political and religious authority; comic mockery, inversion, Saturnalia and Carnival; comic performances of gender and parodies of sexual roles; the dynamic duo of master and servant; family, fools, and foolery; slapstick farce and political satire, and the rise of professional theatre companies. Also examines the profound international impact of Italian comedy. Meets with LIT 445.
Course-related fee: A fee will be billed from Syracuse to cover the costs of day trip to Parma and Florence site visits (2017–2018 fee = $120).