WGS381 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/LIT 381.

This course has an associated course fee. See the Course Fees webpage for more information.

Department: Women's and Gender Studies

Location: Florence

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3