Official Recognition of Pulcinella

The one who saved the Commedia from extinction by securing its continuity to the present day

Authored by: Antonio Fava , Mace Perlman

The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415745062
eBook ISBN: 9781315750842
Adobe ISBN: 9781317613374


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After the fall of the Ancien Régime in France, the Revolution mercilessly dispatched all that was “old and decaying” throughout the Old Continent. One by one, timeworn ways of ruling the state were overthrown or updated. Revolutions often leave deeper marks in a culture’s customs than in its forms of government. The restorations that followed the great revolutionary uprisings failed to restore the old usages, now outmoded, as new tastes marched vainly on, heedless of the loss.

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