The comical scene: Perspective and civility on the Renaissance stage

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Abstract

Neo-Aristotelian "unity" is often represented as a set of rules in restraint of theatrical invention. In Serlio's drawing of the "comical scene," we can see the stage the rules imply, and so imagine "unity," not just as a negation of diversity, but as a positive theatrical form, with its own logic, energy, and politics. This in turn suggests what is at stake when Ben Jonson refuses the "Shakespearean" fluidity of the English theater.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-56
Number of pages25
JournalRepresentations
Volume101
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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