The Reinvention of Theatre in Sixteenth-Century Europe
Traditions, Texts and Performance

Edited by T. F. Earle and Catarina Fouto

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

8 June 2015  •  352pp

ISBN: 978-1-907975-76-9 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

RenaissancePortugueseSpanishItalianFrenchGermanEnglishDrama


The sixteenth century was an exciting period in the history of European theatre. In the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, France, Germany and England, writers and actors experimented with new dramatic techniques and found new publics. They prepared the way for the better-known dramatists of the next century but produced much work which is valuable in its own right, in Latin and in their own vernaculars. The popular theatre of the Middle Ages gave endless material for reinvention by playwrights, and the legacy of the ancient world became a spur to creativity, in tragedy and comedy. As soon as readers and audiences had taken in the new plays, they were changed again, taking new forms as the first experiments were themselves modified and reinvented. Writers constantly adapted the texts of plays to meet new requirements. These and other issues are explored by a group of international experts from a comparative perspective, giving particular emphasis to one of the great European comic dramatists, the Portuguese Gil Vicente.

Tom Earle is King John II Professor of Portuguese at Oxford. Catarina Fouto is a Lecturer in Portuguese Studies at the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, King's College London.

Reviews:

  • ‘Sem dúvida, uma perspectiva rica e bastante abrangente do fenómeno teatral na Europa do séc. XVI.’ — Manuel José De Sousa Barbosa, Euphrosyne 45, 2017, 658-60

Contents:

1-8
Introduction
Tom Earle, Catarina Fouto
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11-26
Sooner than Shakespeare: Inwardness and Lexicon in the Drama of Gil Vicente and António Prestes
Hélio J. S. Alves
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27-40
The Auto da Festa and the (Well-stocked) Workshop of Gil Vicente
José Augusto Cardoso Bernardes
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41-72
The Auto de la huida a Egipto: Italian and Other Connections
Jane Whetnall
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73-88
Who is Júlio? Plot and Identity in António Ferreira’s Comedies
Tom Earle
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89-114
The Reinvention of Classical Comedy and Tragedy in Portugal: Defining Drama in the Work of Sá de Miranda, António Ferreira and Diogo de Teive
Catarina Fouto
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115-140
The Recovery of Terence in Renaissance Italy: From Alberti to Machiavelli
Martin McLaughlin
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141-160
Palimpsestuous Phaedra: William Gager’s Additions to Seneca’s Tragedy for his 1592 Production at Christ Church, Oxford
Elizabeth Sandis
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161-184
The Power of Transformation in Guillén de Castro’s El caballero bobo (1595–1605) and La fuerza de la costumbre (1610–15): Translation and Performance
Kathleen Jeffs
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187-218
Amateurs Meet Professionals: Theatrical Activities in Late Sixteenth-Century Italian Academies
Lisa Sampson
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219-238
Competing with Continentals: The Case of William Kemp
Katherine Duncan-Jones
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239-252
Gil Vicente, a Source for a Heritage Made of Scraps
José Camões
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255-280
Plautus and Terence in Tudor England
Peter Brown
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281-296
Diffusing Drama: Manuscript and Print in the Transmission of Camões’s Plays
Vanda Anastácio
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297-316
From the Catholic Mystery Play to Calvinist Tragedy, or the Reinvention of French Religious Drama
Michael Meere
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317-332
The Renaissance Meets the Reformation: The Dramatist Thomas Naogeorg (1508–1563)
Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly
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Bibliography entry:

Earle, T. F., and Catarina Fouto (eds), The Reinvention of Theatre in Sixteenth-Century Europe: Traditions, Texts and Performance (Cambridge: Legenda, 2015)

First footnote reference: 35 The Reinvention of Theatre in Sixteenth-Century Europe: Traditions, Texts and Performance, ed. by T. F. Earle and Catarina Fouto (Cambridge: Legenda, 2015), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Earle and Fouto, p. 47.

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Earle, T. F., and Catarina Fouto (eds). 2015. The Reinvention of Theatre in Sixteenth-Century Europe: Traditions, Texts and Performance (Cambridge: Legenda)

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