ATS3241 - Italian theatre from Goldoni to Fo - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Italian Studies


Dr Annamaria Pagliaro

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit looks at the development of the Italian theatre from the Commedia dell'Arte to modern theatre. It analyses works by playwrights such as Carlo Goldoni, Federico De Roberto, Eduardo De Filippo and Dario Fo. The unit considers critical approaches to the prescribed texts and, using as a starting point Dario Fo's Manuale minimo dell'attore, it will examine aspects of the Commedia dell'Arte which have filtered through to modern theatre such as the use of the mask and philosophical issues relating to it and the function of comicality, satire and humour. Attention will be given to the response of individual playwrights to issues relating to social reality, identity and representation of reality.


Students successfully completing this unit will be able to demonstrate an analytical approach to theatre texts and processes. As they progressively work through the texts they should acquire an understanding of theatrical signifiers apart from dialogue which contribute to the production of meaning and be able to demonstrate a critical method specific to the genre. Students will gain an understanding of the development of Italian theatre and the socio-historical context in which it evolved and the innovative contribution and adaptation of individual playwrights.


Within semester assessment: 70% + Exam: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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