Shakespeare, Italy and intertextuality

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  • Copyright: 2014-10-01
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

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This collection of essays, written by distinguished international scholars, focuses on the structural influence of Italian literature, culture and society at large on Shakespeare's dramatic canon. Exploring recent methodological trends coming from Anglo-American new historicism and cultural materialism and innovative analyses of intertextuality, the volume's four thematic sections deal with "Theory and practice," "Culture and tradition," "Text and ideology," and "Stage and spectacle."

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction: Intertextualising Shakespeare's text
Theory and Practice
Seven types of intertextuality
English bodies in Italian habits
Shakespeare and Plutarch: Intertextuality in action
'Voilagrave; la belle mort': The crisis of the aristocracy in 'Troilus and Cressida'
Culture and Tradition
Beyond the Reformation: Italian intertexts of the ransom plot in 'Measure for Measure'
'The story is extant, and writ in very choice Italian': Shakespeare's dramatisations of Cinthio
Intertextual transformations: The novella as mediator between Italian and English Renaissance drama
Shakespeare's Italian intertexts: 'The Taming of the/a Shrew'
Text and Ideology
'What news on the Rialto': Luxury, sodomy and miscegenation in 'The Merchant of Venice'
'Othello' italicized: Xenophobia and the erosion of tragedy
The politics of plot: 'Measure for Measure' and the Italianate disguised duke play
'The three-fold world divided': 'Julius Caesar' in the light of 'Theologia Platonica'
Stage and Spectacle
Cleopatra's barge and Anthony's body: Italian sources and English theatre
Intertextuality and the chess-motif: Shakespeare, Middleton, Greenaway
'Rare Italian master(s)': Roman art in 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Anthony and Cleopatra' and 'The Winter's Tale'
Shakespeare in the 'bottega': Art works, apocrypha and the stage
Afterword: Italy as intertext
Select bibliography
Notes on contributors
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