By Antonio Scuderi

As a playwright and a performer, Dario Fo (1926-) is likely one of the most crucial figures in global theatre. via the Eighties a few have been proclaiming him the main greatly played residing playwright. In 1997 his achievements have been said with the Nobel Prize for literature. in response to his interpretations of the Marxist social author Antonio Gramsci, Fo's politically stimulated theatre strives to revive dignity to the preferred tradition of the loads. As a part of this procedure, his theatre is established on renowned types that problem the preeminence of an authoritative textual content. so one can create a thematic body, resembling definite oral traditions, Fo repeats subject matters and motifs that run all through his theatre. using the mechanisms present in numerous oral traditions, Fo reaches past the confines of a given functionality, via relating the better thematic body. Dario Fo: Framing, competition, and the Folkloric Imagination is an in depth, interdisciplinary learn of his thematic body and the strategies that let him to consult it all through a functionality. utilizing the instruments of folklore functionality reviews and anthropology-including the works of a few of the students that inspired Fo-this booklet explores his use of heritage and elements of ecu tradition that hark again to the carnival as a primordial fertility rite.

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