By Rosalind Kerr
The upward thrust of the Diva on the Sixteenth-Century Commedia dell’Arte Stage examines the emergence of the pro actress from the 1560s onwards in Italy. Tracing the historic development of actresses from their earliest appearances as sideshow points of interest to respected divas, Rosalind Kerr explores the ways that actresses commodified their sexual and cultural appeal.
Newly translated archival fabric, iconographic proof, literary texts, and theatrical scripts supply a wealthy repertoire during which Kerr demonstrates how actresses skillfully improvised roles equivalent to the maidservant, the prima donna, and the transvestite heroine. Following the careers of early stars resembling Flaminia of Rome, Vincenza Armani, Vittoria Piissimi, and Isabella Andreini, Kerr exhibits how their status arose from the mix of astonishing technical mastery and eloquent powers of persuasion. Seamlessly integrating the Italian and English scholarly literature at the topic, The upward push of the Diva is an insightful research of 1 of the fashionable world’s first megastar cultures.
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