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Shakespeare, Italy and Intertextuality


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1. Introduction: Intertextualizing Shakespeare's text - Michelle Marrapodi Part I: Theory and practice 2. Seven types of intertextuality - Robert S. Miola 3. English bodies in Italian habits - Keir Alam 4. Shakespeare and Plutarch: intertextuality in action - Alessandro Serpieri 5. 'Voila la belle mort': the crisis of the aristocracy in Troilus and Cressida - Mario Domenichelli Part II: Culture and tradition 6. Beyond the Reformation: Italian intertexts of the ransom plot in Measure for Measure - Michelle Marrapodi 7. 'The story is extant and writ in very choice Italian': Shakespeare's dramatizations of Cinthio - Jason Lawrence 8. Intertextual transformations: the novella as mediator between Italian and English Renaissance drama - Charlotte Pressler 9. Shakespeare's Italian intertexts: The Taming of the/a Shrew - Fernando Cioni Part III: Text and ideology 10. 'What news on the Rialto': luxury, sodomy, and miscegenation in The Merchant of Venice - Anthony G. Barthelmy 11. Othello italicized: xenophobia and the erosion of tragedy - Pamela Allen Brown 12. The politics of plot: Measure for Measure and the Italianate disguised duke play - Michael J. Redmond 13. 'The three-fold world divided': Julius Caesar in the light of Theologia Platonica - Claudia Corti Part IV: Stage and spectacle 14. Cleopatra's barge and Antony's body: Italian sources and English theatre - J. R. Mulryne 15. Intertextuality and the chess motif: Shakespeare, Middleton, Greenaway - Jeffrey A. Netto 16. 'Rare Italian master(s)': Roman art in Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Winter's Tale - Francois Laroque 17. Shakespeare in the bottega: art works, apocrypha, and the stage - Giorgio Melchiori 18. Afterword: Italy as intertext - Keir Elam Index

About the Author

Michele Marrapodi is Full Professor of English Literature in the Department of Scienze Umanistiche at the University of Palermo


'Represents an important addition not only to earlier studies on Italian influences in early modern English literature and culture but also to a new, genuinely interdisciplinary understanding.' Sonia Masai, Shakespeare Quarterly (2006) 'An impressive collection of critical essays.... written by an international team of respected critics.' Alexander Shurbanov, English Studies (2007) 'As editor, no one is more qualified than Marrapodi to resume the inquiry set forth in the previous collections.' Kyna Hamill, Theatre Journal (2007) -- .

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