History of the Theatre and Entertainment (i) (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Nicola Pasqualicchio
Nicola Pasqualicchio
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Sem 2A dal Feb 17, 2020 al Mar 28, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing the students with the basic methodological tools that are required to understand and analyze the theatrical performance and its specific forms, functions, and meanings in different historical, social, and cultural contexts. At the end of the course students will be asked to recognize the mutual relationship between the elements of a performance (text, space, acting, scenography, costume, light, music) and the different importance that each of them have according to the specific periods of theatre history on which the programme will focus.


Forms and contexts of theatrical performance. The course is aimed at offering to the students the basic tools for the historical and critical analysis of the theatrical performance and of its connection with the different social and cultural context in which it originates and develops. The analysis will be focused in particular on Greek tragedy, Italian Renaissance comedy, Elizabethan tragedy, eighteenth century French theatre, contemporary experimental theatre.
Luigi Allegri (ed.), "Storia del teatro. Le idee e le forme dello spettacolo ", pp. 21-55; 99-127; 129-157; 201-235; 273-284; 284-286; 336-342; 345-361; 373-376; 385-390; 399-408; 409-413; 415-417; 426-431; 439-442; 445-448; 455-457.
Non-attending students will have to study one of the following books:
Andrea Rodighiero, "La tragedia greca" (Il Mulino 2013); Siro Ferrone, "La commedia dell'arte" (Einaudi 2014); Umberto Artioli ( a cura di), "Il teatro di regia" (Carocci 2014) ; Franco Perrelli, "I maestri della ricerca teatrale" (Laterza 2007): Luigi Allegri (a cura di), "Il teatro e le arti" (Carocci 2019).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Umberto Artioli ( a cura di) Il teatro di regia Carocci 2004
Luigi Allegri ( a cura di) Il teatro e le arti. Un confronto tra linguaggi. (Edizione 1) Carocci 2017 9788843088225
F. Perrelli I maestri della ricerca teatrale Laterza 2007
Siro Ferrone La commedia dell'arte Einaudi 2014
A. Rodighiero La tragedia greca Il Mulino 2013
Luigi Allegri (a cura di) Storia del teatro. Le idee e le forme dello spettacolo dall'antichità a oggi (Edizione 1) Carocci 2017 9788843088218

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination.
The exam will verify the students' historical knowledge of the theatrical forms examined during the course and on the texts, and will check their skills to recognize and analyse the relationship between theatrical forms and their socio-cultural context.