WGS381 Laughter and Passion: Italian and European Theatre, 1500-1700 (Spring)

How did the comic, serious, and musical drama of the modern era come into being? Who were the actors, singers, writers, and audiences of the “classics”? What made theater a powerful concept as well as a hotly-debated practice in 16th- and 17th-century Europe? Students explore secular and professional drama as it emerged in Renaissance Italy and spread to Spain, England, and France. Selected works by Machiavelli, Monteverdi, Cervantes, Calderon, Shakespeare, Moliere, Behn and others. All non-English works are read in translation. Meets with DRA/LIT 381.

Course fee: A fee (2016 fee = $195) will be billed from Syracuse University to cover the cost of site visits and a Veneto Theater Tour day trip.

Department: Women and Gender Studies

Location: Florence

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3