Margherita Costa's Li Buffoni, depreciated, misattributed or
just simply forgotten through the centuries, has finally found some
love. In the sensitive hands of Sara Diaz and Jessica Goethals, who
cheerfully whip the complicated language of this commedia
ridicolosa into shape while remaining attentive to the
irreverent, rambunctious vocabulary of the text, we find another
valuable voice to add to the ever-growing roster of early modern
women writers from Italy. A poet, dramatist, historian, singer,
librettist, "widow and poor virtuosa with two daughters,"
Costa produced fourteen works in which she managed to say something
important through laughter about what court life was like for
underlings of either sex, and what kind of Baroque poetics allow
women to find their voice.
--Valeria Finucci, Professor of Romance Studies, Duke University