Commedia dell'arte | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Felicity Firth

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Commedia dell'arte.
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Critical Essay by Felicity Firth

SOURCE: Firth, Felicity. “Comedy in Italy.” In Comic Drama: The European Heritage, edited by W. D. Howarth, pp. 63-80. London: Methuen, 1978.

In the following essay, Firth compares the literary comedy of Renaissance Italy with the popular commedia dell'arte, suggesting that the latter is characterized by a strong focus on the skill of the actor.

In the fifth century bc Epicharmus of Syracuse, writing on Italian soil the earliest recorded comic pieces, made up a play about the currently fashionable philosophy of Heraclitus. All is flux, Heraclitus is said to have said, life is a continual becoming, nobody is the same man today as he was yesterday. In Epicharmus' play, a debtor refuses to pay his debts. ‘Why should I pay,’ he asks, ‘since yesterday when I contracted the debt I was one man...

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