Domenica 22 Settembre 2019
Marianna Iannaccone

The Shakespeare Guide to Italy 2/3 PDF  | Stampa |


"This video explains the relationship between Shakespeare and Commedia dell'arte and the influence of Ruzzante in Shakespeare's plays.

The influences of Commedia dell’arte in Shakespeare and The Chamberlain’s men are unquestionable. 

The first recorded performance of Commedia dell’arte took place in Padua in 1545, performing troupes included the Gelosi, Uniti, and Confidenti. 

One cannot deny the close resemblance of the characters Launce (Two Gentlemen’s) and Launcelot (Merchant of Venice) with their original source: Ruzzante, Angelo Beolco."

The Shakespeare Guide to Italy 1/3 PDF  | Stampa |


In this video Marianna Iannaccone explains the relationship between William Shakespeare and Italy, analysing the book written by Richard Paul Roe "The Shakespeare Guide to Italy" in which Roe  demonstrates that the ‘imaginary’ settings for the ten Italian plays of Shakespeare have presented both specific, and strikingly accurate, details about that country. For the last 500 years, nearly all of the playwright’s descriptions of Italy’s places  and treasures have either gone unrecognised as being true, or have been dismissed as mistaken. John Florio provides the venues that Shakespeare employs in his representations of Italy thereby rendering superfluous any mere physical journey to the peninsula. Shakespeare’s explorations of Italy, its language and culture begin and end within the confines of Florio’s texts. Michelangelo Florio was the source of John’s knowledge of Italy, its customs and traditions.

Shakespeare&Florio: friendship with Giordano Bruno PDF  | Stampa |

In this video Marianna Iannaccone explains the relationship between Giordano Bruno and William Shakespeare, analysing Bruno’s life and works he published at the French Embassy in London between 1583 and 1585, Shakespeare's work 'Hamlet', and the cryptic, intriguing poem he published in 1601, one year after Bruno’s death: “The Turtle and The Phoenix”. After many years in which Bruno’s name has sadly disappeared in Shakespeare critics books, it’s time to acknowledge his importance for Shakespeare’s works and life. Ultimately, John Florio, friend of both Giordano Bruno and William Shakespeare, is the name that links the English writer with the Italian philosopher, and the key that gave William Shakespeare the access to Giordano Bruno’s works.