Playing with Gender
The Comedies of Goldoni

Maggie Günsberg

Italian Perspectives 7

Legenda

31 January 2002  •  274pp

ISBN: 978-1-902653-24-2 (paperback, forthcoming)

EnlightenmentItalianDrama


This book takes gender as its point of entry into the comedies of Carlo Goldoni. The dramatization of femininity and masculinity is explored in conjunction with that of other social categories (class, the family, age). The plays reinforce the patriarchal association of femininity with the body, with spectacle, and with theatricality, while the dramatic backdrop of Venice and carnival provides a unique context for the staging of issues relating to identity, disguise and fashion. In the plays, pretence and theatricality vie with bourgeois Enlightenment values of morality, honesty and respectability to produce dramatic tension with distinct gender implications.

Bibliography entry:

Günsberg, Maggie, Playing with Gender: The Comedies of Goldoni, Italian Perspectives, 7 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2002)

First footnote reference: 35 Maggie Günsberg, Playing with Gender: The Comedies of Goldoni, Italian Perspectives, 7 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2002), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Günsberg, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Günsberg, Maggie. 2002. Playing with Gender: The Comedies of Goldoni, Italian Perspectives, 7 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Günsberg 2002: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Günsberg 2002: 21.

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