Methodology and Criticism of Performig Arts (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Simona Brunetti
Simona Brunetti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem 1A, Sem 1B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

By analyzing specific issues of the History of theatre, we intend to introduce the student to the theoretical and methodological tools offered by the representative medium, regarding the field of communication and to the comparison between different theatrical traditions. At the end of the course students will be able to contextualize, comprehend and examine on their own the meaning of each coefficient proposed by a prose show.


Course Contents:
Starting from the analysis of a capital Dutch seventeenth century tragedy , "Gysbreght van Aemstel" (1637) by Vondel, passing through two classics of the nineteenth century as "La signora dalla camelie" (1852) by Dumas fils and Ibsen's "Doll House" (1879) , to arrive at the narrative theatre of the second half of the twentieth century, the course aims to explore with specific examples the characteristics and motifs of women narrative way of acting on the scene.

1. Non-attending students will integrate the bibliography with the study of: Luigi Allegri, "Prima lezione sul teatro", Laterza, 2012.
2. Dumas fils, "La signora dalle camelie"; Ibsen, "Casa di bambola".
3. Critical analysis of selected passages from the following dramaturgies: Fo, "Mistero buffo"; Curino-Vacis, "Olivetti"; Lella Costa, "Amleto, Alice e la Traviata".
4. Brunetti, Prandoni, “Gysbreght van Aemstel” di Joost van den Vondel. Il crollo di Amsterdam in una tragedia del Secolo d’Oro olandese, edizione critica, traduzione e fortuna, Bari, Pagina, 2018.
5. Groddeck, "Il teatro di Ibsen. Tragedia o commedia?", traduzione di C. Vigliero, Napoli, Guida, 1985 (fotocopie); Simona Brunetti, “La signora dalle camelie” sulla scena italiana: sistema di ruoli e drammaturgia d'attore a fondamento di una straordinaria fortuna, in Umberto Artioli, "Il teatro dei ruoli, Padova", Esedra, 2000, pp. 125-166.
6. Szondi, "Teoria del dramma moderno (1880-1950)", Einaudi, 2000.
7. Study of a drama of your choice among the following: Euripide, "Medea"; Giovan Battista Andreini, "L’amore nello specchio"; Shakespeare, "La bisbetica domata"; Molière, "Il malato immaginario"; Goldoni, "La locandiera"; Ibsen, "Spettri"; Strindberg, "Il padre"; Čechov, "Il giardino dei ciliegi"; Pirandello, "Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore"; Brecht, "Madre courage"; Beckett, "Giorni felici".
8. Study of the first seven chapters of the following manual: Luigi Allegri (a cura di), "Storia del teatro. Le idee e le forme dello spettacolo dall'antichità a oggi", Roma, Carocci, 2017, pp. 15-287.

Teaching methods
Lectures alongside the analysis of sources of various kinds (archive documents, iconography, theatrical performances, films, video fragments, audio, etc.).
Conferences, sources, readings and critical texts will be further specified during the course. Some materials, necessary for the preparation of the exam, will be made available by the teacher. The critical commentary of one of the theatrical or cinematographic adaptations analyzed during the lectures will be an integral part of the examination interview. A specific study bibliography is provided for ERASMUS students.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Simona Brunetti, Marco Prandoni “Gysbreght van Aemstel” di Joost van den Vondel. Il crollo di Amsterdam in una tragedia del Secolo d’Oro olandese, edizione critica, traduzione e fortuna Pagina 2018
Luigi Allegri (a cura di) Storia del teatro. Le idee e le forme dello spettacolo dall'antichità a oggi Carocci 2017 978-88-430-8821-8
Peter Szondi Teoria del dramma moderno (1880-1950) Einaudi 2000

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam with final evaluation. The questions proposed to the candidates will, on the one hand, test their knowledge of the History of theatre with exemplifications offered by one of the dramas chosen at item 7 of the list; on the other hand, they will test the ability to analyze one of the dramaturgical or theoretical texts proposed in points 2 and 3 and its spectacular version following the models showed during the lessons.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during ​the 2020 summer session the assessment modality will be modified as follows: online oral exam.