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Renaissance Comedy

The Italian Masters - Volume 2

by Don Beecher & The Da Ponte Library

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In this second volume of Renaissance Comedy, Donald Beecher presents six more of the best-known plays of the period, each with its own introduction, reading notes, and annotations. Beecher's general introduction, though stand-alone, complements and extends the historical and critical essay prefacing the first volume. Together, the eleven plays in both volumes illuminate the range, variety, and development of the Italian comedy.

The second volume of Renaissance Comedy raises fascinating questions about the uses of classical literature, the conventions of comedy, the politics of theatrical production, and the representation of contemporary social issues. Though it is clear that comedic plays exercised considerable influence over the development of European drama, these plays are above all remarkable for their sheer wit and invention, and their capacity to generate laughter and admiration in readers nearly half a millennium later.

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Don Beecher

Donald Beecher is a professor in the Department of English at Carleton University.
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The Da Ponte Library

Donald Beecher is a professor in the Department of English at Carleton University.
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Editorial Review

‘The two-volume collection of Renaissance comedies is a precious tool for scholars and readers interested in Italian Renaissance theatre…An extremely welcome addition to any ‘Italian library’ for English speaking readers.’

— International Journal of International Journal of Classical Tradition, vol 18:03:2011

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