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Convent Theatre in Early Modern Italy : Spiritual Fun and Learning for Women - Elissa B. Weaver

Convent Theatre in Early Modern Italy

Spiritual Fun and Learning for Women

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This book is a study of convent theatre in Italy, an all-female tradition. Widespread in the early modern period, but virtually forgotten today, this activity produced a number of talented dramatists and works worthy of remembrance. Convent authors, actresses and audiences, especially in Tuscan houses, the plays written and produced, and what these reveal about the lives of convent women, are the focus of this book. Beginning with the earliest known performances of miracle and mystery plays (sacre rappresentazioni) in the late fifteenth century, the book follows the development in the convents at the turn of the sixteenth century of spiritual comedy and of a variety of dramatic forms in the seventeenth century. Convent theatre both reflected the high level of literacy among convent women and contributed to it, and it attested to the continuing close contact between the secular world and the convents - even in the Post Tridentine period.

'Weaver is indeed to be congratulated on her meticulous research. Convent Theatre in Early Modern Italy emerges as a significant socio-historical document.' Italian Studies 'This is a fascinating book that will be useful for students and researchers of Italian literature and theatre and for feminist theatre historians alike.' New Theatre Quarterly '... the importance of the volume as a contribution both to women's religious history and, more generally, to the history of women's writing.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History 'Weaver's book restores to an unself-consciously masculinist literary history both a vivid sense of theatrical practice as intrinsic to the community life of monastic women, and a sharply focused understanding of how monastic women playwrights in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries represented their own and laywomen's experiences of a gendered world.' Journal of Early Music History

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Notes on texts and translations
Introduction
Renaissance culture in Italian convents, 1450-1650
The convent theatre tradition
Plays and playwrights: the earliest examples
Spiritual comedies in the convents
From manuscript to print, from the convent to the world
Beyond Tuscany
Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521550826
ISBN-10: 0521550823
Series: Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 2nd March 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.64