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Lovers' Debates for the Stage


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The Other Voice
Life, Works, Legend: “A Brilliant Discursive Mask”
Playing the Game: Genre and Occasion
Structure and Themes: The Contrasti in Action
Diva on Top: The Professor, the Realist, the Bawdy Virago
The Art of Losing Control: Madness and Frenzy
Theater and Metatheater, Comedy and Tragedy
Posthumous Success: Fragmenti, Alone and with Lettere
Note on the Italian Text and Transcription
Note on the Translation
Lovers’ Debates for the Stage
Amorosi contrasti
Tavola de’ Contrasti Scenici
Nomi di tutti i Personnagi
Amorosi contrasti: Italian Text
Lovers’ Debates
Table of Debates for the Stage
Names of All the Characters
Lovers’ Debates: English Translation

About the Author

Isabella Andreini (1562–1604) was a renowned prima donna of the European stage. Also a poet, playwright, and author of philosophical letters, she was one of the most published Italian women writers in the seventeenth century. Pamela Allen Brown is professor of English at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of The Diva’s Gift to the Shakespearean Stage. Julie D. Campbell is professor of English and premodern global studies at Eastern Illinois University. She is the author of Literary Circles and Gender in Early Modern Europe. Eric Nicholson is a scholar, actor, and director of early modern European drama at Syracuse University in Florence.

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