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Characters and Authors in Luigi Pirandello$
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Ann Hallamore Caesar

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151760

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151760.001.0001

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Performing Women

Performing Women

(p.217) 8 Performing Women
Characters and Authors in Luigi Pirandello

Ann Hallamore Caesar

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the roles of women and their influence on the literary pieces of Luigi Pirandello. This chapter also emphasizes Pirandello's collaboration with Marta Abba, a notable theatre actress whom he would work with until the very last productions of ‘Teatro d'Arte’. The chapter discusses the rise of female protagonists as the 19th century progressed. It tackles women's significant role in the Italian theatre production during Pirandello's time. In the further parts of this chapter, two notable plays about female heroines made by Luigi Pirandello are examined. Other parts of the chapter also discuss Pirandello's methods and approaches in bringing his female protagonist characters into life. The chapter provides a brief overview of Pirandello's ‘The Tiger’ — a notable literary piece that focuses on a female figure as a protagonist. The last parts of the chapter provide a comparative analysis between Pirandello's male and female protagonists.

Keywords:   Luigi Pirandello, women, Marta Abba, heroines, female protagonists, Teatro d'Arte, The Tiger, Italian theatre production

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