Back to the Future: A Review of Comparative Studies in Shakespeare and the Commedia dell'Arte

December 2008
Early Theatre;2008, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p227
Academic Journal
The article discusses comparative studies of the commedia dell'arte and William Shakespeare. Winifred Smith is reported to be one of the first Anglo-American critics to study the visits to the English court by Italian stage players during the period 1573-1578. The study by E. K. Chambers suggests that Italian players who visited England did so for Anglo-Italian theatrical exchange. According to the article, contact between England and the commedia dell'arte occurred at the supranational level.


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