Venice Incognito

Venice Incognito

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qVenice Incognito is a brilliant reassessment of Venetian carnival and the peculiar phenomenon of masking in early modern Venice. Johnson's wide-ranging, insightful, and imaginative scholarship is matched by his fluid and accessible writing style. This book is that all-too-rare commodity: a scholarly page-turner.q --Patricia Fortini Brown, author of Private Lives in Renaissance Venice qThis is a beautiful book about a strange subject: the custom among Venetian aristocrats of wearing masks in public. One of the most original works in early modern scholarship I have read in a long time, Venice Incognito will have a permanent place on most early modern historians' shelves and will be essential reading for performance studies and theater history.q --Edward Muir, author of The Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance qIn this fascinating book, the author cleverly balances the traditional concept of masking as an anti-authoritarian culture of dissembling with the idea of the 'honest mask, ' which defends rank and the established order, and produces an excellent, nuanced, and well-written account of the carnivalesque in eighteenth-century Venice.q --Aileen Ribeiro, author of Dress in Eighteenth-Century Europe qIn this intriguing and thoroughly researched book, James Johnson takes the reader through the crowded calli, campi, and canals of Venice in search of the varied meanings of the mask in the history and culture of that city on the water. From masking's first recorded appearance in the thirteenth century to its ubiquity in the carnival decline of eighteenth-century Venice, from the dissimulations of Giacomo Casanova to Arlecchino and the commedia dell'arte stage, from the social anonymity of the gambling halls to the socially charged debate over Goldoni's radical unmasking of the actor, Venice Incognito traces the shifting functions of the mask and its implications. Just as importantly, the book challenges much conventional wisdom about masking and carnival itself.q --David Rosand, author of Painting in Sixteenth-Century VeniceJohnsona#39;s wide-ranging, insightful, and imaginative scholarship is matched by his fluid and accessible writing style. This book is that all-too-rare commodity: a scholarly page-turner.


Title:Venice Incognito
Author: James H. Johnson
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2011
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