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  • n. A literary work recast to adapt it to a change in the circumstances of the time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A remaking or recasting; an adaptation, esp. of a literary work or musical composition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A remaking or reëstablishment: a term most commonly applied to the process of recasting literary works so as to adapt them to a changed state or changed circumstances; an adaptation, as when a work written in one age or country is modified to suit the circumstances of another. The term is applied in an analogous sense to musical compositions.

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Examples

  • Shortly after I suppose Pericles and certain scenes in Jeronymo to have been produced; and in the same epoch, I place the Winter's Tale and Cymbeline, differing from the Pericles by the entire 'rifacimento' of it, when Shakspeare's celebrity as poet, and his interest, no less than his influence as manager, enabled him to bring forward the laid-by labours of his youth.

    Literary Remains, Volume 2

  • When a rifacimento of the 'Friend' took place, at vol.ii. p. 240, he states his reasons for reprinting the lecture referred to, one of the series delivered at Bristol in the year 1794-95, because, says he, "This very lecture, vide p. 10, has been referred to in an infamous libel in proof of the author's Jacobinism."

    The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1838

  • While failing often to catch the gusto of ancient poetry -- witness his translations from Chaucer -- Wordsworth was full of the spirit -- witness his rifacimento of The Owl and the Nightingale --and, best of all, handed it on to Coleridge.

    Ballads of Romance and Chivalry Popular Ballads of the Olden Times - First Series

  • Francesco Berni's rifacimento, or recasting of "L'Orlando" appeared in 1542, and from that date till 1830, when Panizzi revived it, Boiardo's name was well-nigh forgotten.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • In spite of its strongly marked Michelangelesque mannerism, both as regards feeling, facial type, and design, I cannot regard the bas-relief, in its present condition at least, as a genuine work, but rather as the production of some imitator, or the rifacimento of a restorer.

    The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti

  • Yet this very tragedy, in spite of its author's protestations, is nothing more than a rifacimento of Racine's drama, and rather infelicitous at that, though it must be admitted that Mendes' style is of classic purity, and some of his scenes are in a measure characterized by vivacity of action.

    The Renascence of Hebrew Literature (1743-1885)

  • The spirit of his work, notwithstanding its abundant loyalty, may be also commended for its candor in relation to the partisans of Isabella; which has led some critics to suppose that it underwent a rifacimento after the accession of that princess to the throne.

    The History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic — Volume 1

  • It is quite as great a miracle in its way as the rifacimento of Berni.

    The History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic — Volume 3

  • The curious discrepancies between the Trattato della Famiglia as written by Alberti and as ascribed to Pandolfini can only be explained upon the hypothesis of such rifacimento.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7) The Age of the Despots

  • Dryden, in his fine rifacimento of one of the finest passages in the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, represents the Good Parson as choosing to resign his benefice rather than acknowledge the Duke of Lancaster to be King of England.

    The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 3

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