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Renaissance Europe 1300-1600: Theater

chapter eight



Theater in the Later Middle Ages … 316
The Renaissance Theater in Italy … 323
The Renaissance Theater in Northern Europe … 331
The Commercial Theater in England … 337
Renaissance Theater in Spain … 345


Ludovico Ariosto … 350
Alexandre Hardy … 351
Christopher Marlowe … 352
William Shakespeare … 353
Torquato Tasso … 355


Primary sources are listed in italics
Everyman (excerpt from the popular morality play) … 320
Setting the Stage (prologue to Machiavelli's comedic play The Mandrake Root) … 325
Cimador: Clown of Commedia dell'Arte (letter from Aretino describing a clown) … 326
The Making of Illusion (excerpt from Serlio's treatise discussing illusions in theater design) … 329
Reformation Drama (excerpt from dramatic text by Sachs defending Protestantism) … 333
Influences from Aristotle (excerpt from Aristotle's Poetics) … 336
A Lewd Play (order from the queen's Privy Council to apprehend participants of an offensive play) … 338
Faustus' Lament (excerpt from Marlowe's play A Tragical History of Dr. Faustus) … 343
Seville's Theater … 347

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