Italian Renaissance Theatre

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In modern “Western” culture we regard theatre as an autonomous art form possessing cultural and social prestige, and playwrights achieve the same status as other creative writers. This attitude of respect for dramatic literature, and by extension for theatre performance, is also found in major Oriental cultures, but did not exist during the European Middle Ages. Early authorities in the Christian Church disapproved of the theatre which they knew and regarded the whole activity with suspicion. Even community stagings of plays inspired by religion—such as dramatizations of Biblical stories or the lives of saints—were treated with some caution and their authors tended to remain anonymous. The rehabilitation of drama …

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Citation: Andrews, Richard. "Italian Renaissance Theatre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 February 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19533, accessed 07 February 2023.]

19533 Italian Renaissance Theatre 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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