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Comic Disjunctions in Goldoni's Il Teatro Comico

Kristensen, Amalie
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Kristensen, Amalie
Advisor
Ward, Adrienne
Annunziato, Sarah
Abstract
This thesis offers a close reading of the comic mechanisms in Il teatro comico (1750) by the eighteen-century Venetian playwright Carlo Emilio Goldoni. I argue that Goldoni’s rules about theater reform are not just articulated through the meta form of Il teatro comico, but that Goldoni’s ideas also seem to manifest themselves in the wordplays, stylistics and other comic elements on another level of the text itself. Consulting the Lacanian inspired philosopher Alenka Zupančič and her critical theory about disjunctions and subversive comedy, I show how Goldoni’s play has a playfulness to it, which adds a poetic quality that earlier critics said was missing; and that this playfulness is subversive in its form and makes Il teatro comico truly comic in Zupančič’s radical understanding of the term.
Language
English
Date Received
20140430
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, MA (Master of Arts), 2014
Published Date
2014-04-29
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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