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Title: Frammentazione scenica e discorsiva nel teatro di John Webster: una modalità dell'incompiuto nell'ambito della crisi giacomiana
Authors: Paganelli, Eloisa
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Padova, Studio Editoriale Gordini
Abstract: John Webster's theatre is a typical product of the existential crisis which took place in England between the 16th and the 17th centuries as a result of the new scientific and astrological discoveries by Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler. The "new science", as it was called, undermined the whole Ptolemaic concept of the universe based on a geocentric and perfectly circular order - a guarantee of the centrality of man within a perfectly ordered divine stability. This crisis, nowadays styled as "the breaking of the circle" was reflected in the serpentine line which dominated in figurative arts, an emblem of the existential doubts and uncertainties of that historical period. In literary arts it produced a structural and linguistic fragmentation leading to a complex ambiguity of meaning. In Webster's theatre this mode is so extrem as to amount to incomplete forms of composition which the reader/spectator is called upon to decofy and fill in.
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