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A Bibliography on theater. This bibliography covers specifically Commedia dell'arte (Renaissance Italian popular theatre)


NOTE: See also the files: theater-msg, puppets-msg, storytelling-art, music-bib, jesters-msg, Jestrs-Mumrs-lnks, masks-msg, bardic-msg, medvl-poetry-lnks.





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Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

From: csjlm at news.cts.eiu.edu (Jeri Matteson-Hughes)

Subject: Re: Medieval theatre sources

Summary: commedia dell'arte

Organization: Eastern Illinois University

Date: Tue, 5 Apr 1994 14:19:04 GMT


The Commedia dell'arte (Renaissance+ Italian popular theatre) is a

specialty of mine.  I've been performing/studying this technique for

some 21 years and lecturing on it in the SCA for over 12.


Here is a _select_ bibliography handout that I use with my lectures.  It's

a perennial work-in-progress; I'm always adding to it, although this copy

hasn't been added to since last June.  


The Dover text that Tangwystl refers to is by P. L. Ducharte.  I _highly_

recommend the K. and L. Richards text - a monumental work of recent

research in the genre.





A Select Bibliography on the _Commedia dell'arte_.



Ambrose, G. B.  "Real acting,"  _The Mask_.  9 (1923) 12-14.

Beumont, Cyril W.  _The History of Harlequin_.  New York :

      Benjamin Blom, 1967.

Bently, Eric, ed.  _The Classic Theater: Six Italian Plays_.

      (v.1)  New York : Doubleday and Co., 1958.

"The Betrayed: A Scenario..." (n. trans.)  _The Mask.  7 (July

      1911) : 53-57.

Boughner, Daniel C.  _The Braggart in Renaissance Comedy_.

      Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 1954.

Broadbent, R. J.  _A History of Pantomime_.  New York : Benjamin

      Blom, 1964.

Brubaker, David.  _Court and Commedia: The Italian Renaissance

      Stage_.  New York : Richards Rosen Press, 1975.

Bruford, Rose.  _Teaching Mime_.  London : Methuen & Co. Ltd.,


Cole, David.  "The Visual Script : Theory and Techniques."  _The

      Drama Review_ (T72).  20 (December 1976) : 27-50.

Cole, Toby and Chinoy, Helen Krich.  _Actors on Acting: The

      theories, technique, and practices of the Great Actors of

      All Time as told in their own words_.  New York : Crown

      Publishers, 1970.

Craige, Gorden.  "The Characters of the _Commedia dell'arte_."

      _The Mask_.  4 (January 1912) : 199-202.

______________.  "The _Commedia dell'arte_ ascending."  _The

      Mask_.  5 (October 1912) : 104-108.

Croce, Bennedetto.  "_Commedia dell'arte_." _Theatre Arts_, 17

      (December 1933) : 929-939.

DaLuiso, Florence S., ed.  "_La Commedia dell'arte_ : An

      Exhibition."  Exhibition catalog of four essays and

      bibliography with preface by J. Daniel Vann, III - November

      9-30, 1980, Lockwood Memorial Library.  Buffalo : State

      University of New York, 1980.

Davis, Jessica Milner.  _Farce: The Critical Idiom_, v. 39, John

      D. Jump, ed.  London : Methuen & Co., 1978.

Ducharte, Pierre Louis.  _The Italian Comedy: The Improvisations,

      Scenarios, lives, Attributes, Portraits and Masks of the

      Illustrious Characters of the Commedia dell'arte_. New York

      : Dover Publications, 1966.

Faherty, Teresa J.  "Othello dell'Arte : The Presence of

      _Commedia_ in Shakespeare's Tragedy."  _Theatre Journal_.

      43 (May 1991) : 179-194.

"The Four Lunatics: A Scenario..."  trans. by D. Nevile Lees.

      _The Mask_.  4 (October 1911) : 116-121.

Garfein, Herschel ad Gordon, Mel.  "The Adriani _Lazzi_ of the

      _Commedia dell'Arte_."  _The Drama Review_ (T77).  22 (March

      1978) : 3-12.

Gherardi, Evaristo.  "The introduction to La Theatre Italian."

      trans. by D. Nevile Lees.  _The Mask_.  3 (April 1911) :


Gordon, Mel.  _Lazzi: The Comic Routines of the Commedia

      dell'Arte_.  New York : Performing Arts Journal

      Publications, 1983.

Green, Martin and Swan, John.  _The Triumph of Perriot: The

      Commedia dell'Arte and the Modern Imagination_.  New York :

      Macmillan Publishing Co., 1986.

Herrick, Marvin T.  _Comic Theory in the Sixteenth Century:

      Illinois Studies in Language and Literature_, v. 34, no.

      1-2, H. F. Fletcher, H. E. Cunningham, H. Rehder, eds.

      Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1950.

_________________.  _Italian Comedy in the Renaissance_.

      Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1960.

Hodgson, John and Richards, Ernst.  _Improvisation_. London :

      Eyre Methuen Ltd., 1974.

Johnstone, Keith.  _Impro: Improvisation for the Theatre_. New

      York : Theatre Arts Books, 1979.

Katritzky, M. A.  "How did the _Commedia dell'arte_ cross the

      Alps to Bavaria?"  _Theatre Research International_.  16

      (Autumn 1991) : 201-215.

Kennard, Joseph Spenser.  _The Italian Theatre_.  New York :

      Benjamin Blom, 1964.

Knott, Jan.  "The Return of Harlequin." _Theatre Notebook_.  New

      York : Doubleday & Co., 1968.

Lea, K. M.  _Italian Popular Comedy: A study in the Commedia

      dell'arte, 1560-1620, with special reference to the English

      stage_.  New York : Russell and Russell, 1962.

Levi, Cesare.  "How Doctors were satirized in the Ancient

      Theatre."  _The Mask_.  11 (April 1925) : 71-19.

____________.  "Signor Brighelle."  _The Mask_. 5 (July 1912) :


McGill, Kathleen.  "Improvisatory Competence and the Cueing of

      Performance : The Case of the _Commedia dell'Arte_."  _Text

      and Performance Quarterly_. 10 (April 1990) : 111-122.

________________.  "Women and Performance : The Development of

      Improvisation by the Sixteenth-Century _Commedia

      dell'Arte_."  _Theatre Journal_.  43 (March 1991) : 59-69.

Madden, David.  _Harlequin's Stick, Charlie's Cane_. Bowling

      Green : Bowling Green Popular Press, 1975.

Mantzuis, Karl.  _A History of Theatrical Art: The Middle Ages

      and the Renaissance (v.2)_.  Gloucester, Mass. : Peter

      Smith, 1970.

Mazzone-Clementi. Carlo.  "Commedia and the Actor." _The Drama

      Review_ (T61). 18 (March 1974) : 59-64.

McDowell, John H.  "Some Pictorial Aspects of Early _Commedia

      dell'arte Acting_."  _Studies in Philology_. 39 (January

      1942) : 47-64.

Meyerhold, Vsevolod.  "The Fairground Booth." _Meyerhold on

      Theatre_.  New York : Hill and Wang, 1969.  Edward Braun,

      ed.  Also published as "Farce" in Robert Corrigan, ed.

      _Theatre in the Twentieth Century_.  New York : Grove Press,


Nicoll, Alardyce.  _Masks, Mimes and Miracles_.  New York :

      Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1931.

________________.  _The World of Harlequin_.  Cambridge :

      Cambridge University Press, 1963.

Niklaus, Thelma.  _Harlequin, or the Rise and Fall of a Bergamask

      Rogue_.  New York : George Braziller, 1956.

Oreglia, Giacomo.  _The Commedia dell'arte_, trans. by Lovett F.

      Edwards.  New York : Hill and Wang, 1968.

Peabody, Ruth E.  _Commedia Works_.  Washington, D.C. : Library

      of Congress, 1984.

Perrucci, Andrea.  "Directions as to the preparation of a

      performance from a scenario, from _Arte Rappresentativa ed

      al`Improviso'_, 1699."  _The Mask.  4 (October 1911) :


Pietropaolo, Domenico, ed.  _The Science of Buffoonery : Theory

      and History of the Commedia dell'Arte_.  University of

      Toronto Italian Studies, v. 3.  Ottawa : Dovehouse Editions,


Richards, Kenneth and Richards, Laura.  _The Commedia dell'Arte:

      A Documentary History_.  Cambridge : Basil Blackwell Inc.,


"The Roguish Tricks of Coviello: A Scenario..." trans. by Cesare

      Levi.  _The Mask_.  6 (April 1911) : 353-356.

Rolfe, Bari.  _Commedia dell`arte: A Scene Study Book_. Oakland,

      Calif. : Personabooks, 1977.

__________.  _Farces, Italian Style_.  Oakland, Calif. :

      Personabooks, 1978.

Royce, Anya Peterson.  "Who was Argentina?  Player and role in

      seventeenth-century _commedia dell'arte_." _Theatre

      Survey_.  30 (May-November 1989) : 45-57.

Sand, Maurice.  _The History of the Harlequinade_.  2v. 1915

      reprint.  New York : Benjamin Blom, 1968.

Scala, Flaminio.  _Scenarios of the Commedia dell'arte: Flaminio

      Scala's Il Teatro delle favole rappresentative_, trans. by

      Henry F. Salerno.  New York : New York University Press,


Scherillo, Michele.  "Capitan Fracassa." _The Mask_.  3 (April

      1911) : 149-160.

_________________.  "The _Commedia dell'arte_." _The Mask_.  3

      (April 1911) : 108-126.

_________________.  "The Genealogy of Pulcinella."  _The Mask_.

      3 (July 1910) : 22-29.

_________________.  "The Scenarios of Della Porta."  _The Mask_.

      6 (July 1913) : 33-48.

Scott, Virginia.  _The Commedia dell'Arte in Paris, 1644-1697_.

      Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1990.

Schricky, W.  "_Commedia dell'arte_ players in Antwerp in 1576:

      Drusiano and Tristano Martinelli."  _Theatre Research

      International_.  1 (Fall 1976) : 79-86.

Smith, Winifred.  _The Commedia dell'arte_.  New York : Benjamin

      Blom, 1964.

______________.  "A Comic Version of Romeo and Juliette."

      _Modern Philology_.  7 (October 1909) : 217-220.

______________.  "Italian and Elizabethan Comedy."  _Modern

      Philology_.  5 (April 1909) : 555-567.

______________.  _Italian Actors of the Renaissance_.  New York :

      Benjamin Blom, 1968.

Spolin, Viola.  _Improvisation for the Theatre: A Handbook of

      Teaching and Directing Techniques_  Evanston : Northwestern

      University Press, 1963.

Steele, Eugene.  "Shakespeare, Goldoni, and the Clown."

      _Comparative Drama_.  11 (Fall 1977) : 209-226.

"The Three Princes of Salerno: A Scenario..." trans. by D.

      Nevile Lees.  _The Mask_.  4 (April 1912) : 335-339.

Tonelli, Franco.  "Moliere's _Don Juan_ and the Space of the

     _Commedia dell'Arte_."  _Theatre Journal_.  37 (December

     1985) : 440-464.

     Greenwood Press, 1984.

Quinn, Michael L.  "The Comedy of Reference : The Semiotics of

      "Commedia Figures in Eighteenth-Century Venice."  _Theatre

      Journal_.  43 (March 1991) : 70-92.

Vince, Ronald W.  _Renaissance Theatre_.  Westport, Conn. :

      Greenwood Press, 1984.


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Jeri Matteson-Hughes: Eastern IL U: Charleston, IL: csjlm at ux1.cts.eiu.edu


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