Poetics, Performance and Politics in French and Italian Renaissance Comedy

Lucy Rayfield

Transcript 18

Legenda

  2021

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RenaissanceFrenchItalianDramaPolitics


There is nothing funny about comedy in Renaissance France. Comic theatre in the sixteenth century was employed, primarily, as a tool for teaching Latin; it was also judged to be a canny means of enriching and elevating one’s national literature and language. Increasingly, comedy was transformed into a political and polemical weapon, capable not only of resisting the influx into France of the forward-looking and fashionable Italian culture, but also of helping to replace the Italians as arbiters of European literature. In this intertextual and cross-cultural survey, Lucy Rayfield explores the productive and at times antagonistic relationship of French playwrights with Italian paradigms, documenting the move from classical comedy regarded as a scholarly exercise to drama revived in print and performance, which was anything but a smooth transition.

Lucy Rayfield is the MHRA Research Scholar in the Modern European Languages at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick.

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Rayfield, Lucy, Poetics, Performance and Politics in French and Italian Renaissance Comedy, Transcript, 18 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2021)

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