The play s the thing (ii.ii.600): il teatro, l Amleto e i burlesques

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The play s the thing (ii.ii.600): theater, Hamlet and burlesques

Roberta Grandi

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] The term burlesque identifies a particular kind of theatrical performance in music that develops in the second half of the eighteenth century in England and ends with the beginning of the twentieth century. Originating from the ballad operas and the burletta, from the early 1800s it acquired a regular structure and found in Shakespeare's works the main raw material for the parodic elaboration that distinguished it. This article aims to outline the development and the main characteristics of this genre through the burlesque disguises of Hamlet and to propose a metadramatic perspective that allows to face the study of these works not only as playful and deciduous compositions, but also as a source of critical surveys on the situation of the theater and British society of the nineteenth century. In particular, the works of John Poole, Hamlet Travestie (1810), Francis Talfourd, Hamlet Travestie will be examined. A Burlesque (1849) and the anonymous works A Thin Slice of Ham-let! (1863) and Hamlet! The Ravin Prince of Denmark (1866).
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The play s the thing (ii.ii.600): theater, Hamlet and burlesques
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)271-293
Number of pages23
JournalL'ANALISI LINGUISTICA E LETTERARIA
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Poole
  • amleto
  • burlesque
  • hamlet
  • metadrammaticità
  • shakespeare
  • teatro

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