LIT381 Laughter and Passion: Italian and European Theatre, 1500–1700 (Spring)

Secular and professional drama as it emerged in Renaissance Italy and spread to Spain, England, and France. Selected works of Machiavelli, Monteverdi, Cervantes, Calderon, Shakespeare, Molière, Behn and others (in English).

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?  The course also focuses on the representation of sexuality and gender, with special attention given to the activity of women as performers, script-writers, directors, and producers of theater. All non-English works are read in translation. Meets with DRA/WGS 381.

Course-related fee: A fee will be charged to cover Veneto Theater Tour day trip and Florence site visits (Spring 2020 fee = $195).

Department: Literature

Location: Florence

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3