Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance investigates the works of Shakespeare and his fellow dramatists from within the context of the European Renaissance and, more specifically, from within the context of Italian cultural, dramatic, and literary traditions, with reference to the impact and influence of classical, coeval, and contemporary culture. In contrast to previous studies, the critical perspectives pursued in this volume’s tripartite organization take into account a wider European intertextual dimension and, above all, an ideological interpretation of the 'aesthetics' or 'politics' of intertextuality. Contributors perceive the presence of the Italian world in early modern England not as a traditional treasure trove of influence and imitation, but as a potential cultural force, consonant with complex processes of appropriation, transformation, and ideological opposition through a continuous dialectical interchange of compliance and subversion.

chapter |18 pages

Introduction: Shakespearean Subversions

ByMichele Marrapodi

part I|102 pages

Appropriations of Poetry and Prose

chapter 1|18 pages

Sprezzatura and Embarrassment in The Merchant of Venice

ByHarry Berger

chapter 3|16 pages

Dramatic Appropriations of Italian Courtliness

ByThomas Kullmann

chapter 4|20 pages

Disowning the Bond: Coriolanus's Forgetful Humanism

ByMaria Del Sapio Garbero

part II|112 pages

Transformations of Topoi and Theatregrams

part III|100 pages

Oppositions of Ideologies and Cultures

chapter 13|22 pages

The Aretinean Intertext and the Heterodoxy of The Taming of the Shrew

ByMichele Marrapodi

chapter 14|18 pages

Shakespeare Italianate: Sceptical Crises in Three Kinds of Play

ByLawrence F. Rhu

chapter 15|14 pages

The Jew and the Justice of Venice

ByHanna Scolnicov

chapter 17|12 pages

Much Ado about Italians in Renaissance London

ByDuncan Salkeld