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The Treatment of Space in Italian and English Renaissance Theater: The Example of Gl'Ingannati and Twelfth Night


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In most Renaissance comedy the fulfillment of desire involves a struggle that takes place within a city. The city provides not only the setting for the pursuit of the object of desire, but, with its institutions, it obstructs desire. The cities of comedy differ in name and structure---some less restrictive, or hierarchical, others more dominated by old men and bothersome customs. But in some form the city both occasions and impedes erotic pursuits. Whether young or old, female or male, the lover seeks change but must move within the physical, legal, and social structures of the city.

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