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Spanish dramatists of the Golden Age : a bio-bibliographical sourcebook /
edited by Mary Parker.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
description
xi, 286 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0313288933 (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
isbn
0313288933 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
2373516
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-02:
Following the standard format for sourcebooks, this work provides alphabetically arranged entries for 19 Spanish playwrights from the late 15th through the 17th centuries, each prepared by a scholar. Biography, analysis, evaluative commentary, and a bibliography compose each entry. The dramatists are Alarcon, Bances Candamo, Calderon, Guillen de Castro, Cervantes, Claramonte, Cueva, Encina, Mira de Amescua, Montalban, Moreto, Qui~nones de Benavente, Fernando de Rojas, Rojas Zorilla Lope de Rueda Tirso, Torres Naharro, Lope, and Velez de Guevara. In the introduction, the editor sets the historical and cultural scene, and traces the development of the Spanish drama from the Middle Ages through the period of Italian influence to a truly (and extremely prolific and diverse) Spanish theater whose major themes (the role of the monarchy, the nation's history, individual honor, personal love, and faith) paralleled the rise and subsequent fall of Spain's empire. The sourcebook will prove useful to specialists and scholars in Hispanic or genre studies and comparative literature. The presentation of both traditionally held views and newer interpretations, with the inclusion of lesser-known dramatists in an expanded canon, will undoubtedly inspire further study. A work of high quality, recommended for libraries that strive for comprehensive coverage of the subject. C. E. Perry; East Central University
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'œThe sourcebook will prove useful to specialists and scholars in Hispanic or genre studies and comparative literature. The presentation of both traditionally held views and newer interpretations, with the inclusion of lesser known dramatists in an expanded canon, will undoubtedly inspire further study. A work of high quality, recommended for libraries that strive for comprehensive coverage of the subject.'' Choice
"The sourcebook will prove useful to specialists and scholars in Hispanic or genre studies and comparative literature. The presentation of both traditionally held views and newer interpretations, with the inclusion of lesser known dramatists in an expanded canon, will undoubtedly inspire further study. A work of high quality, recommended for libraries that strive for comprehensive coverage of the subject."- Choice
'œThis format has proven to be extremely useful for students needing a concise, moderately detailed yet scholarly introduction to a writer and any library with a Spanish department should find this useful.'' College and Research Libraries
"This format has proven to be extremely useful for students needing a concise, moderately detailed yet scholarly introduction to a writer and any library with a Spanish department should find this useful."- College and Research Libraries
"Authoritative, up-to-date, well balanced... A very useful book dealing with one of the most creative periods in Spanish letters." - Manuel Duran Yale University
"This collection of essays on the classical drama of Spain not only provides the general English-reading public with a useful basic reference work on the major authors but also gives specialists some brilliant new insights into several of the most important plays. It should have a place in all good libraries." - Elias L. Rivers Professor (emeritus) of Comparative and Spanish Literature State University of New York-Stony Brook
"This comprehensive introduction to the Spanish drama of the Golden Age, which gathers 20 studies on the dramatists of the period written by some of the foremost scholars in the field, contains an inventory of authors and their works framed within the historical, social, and cultural milieu in which Spain's national theater emerged. It is an extraordinary editorial achievement, offering an attentive look at different critical approaches and methodologies of study, as well as bio-bibliographical information and a list of recommended editions and English translations of the major works. Judiciously edited, lucidly written with a balance between criticism and factual information, Mary Parker's book will undoubtedly be useful in undergraduate and graduate courses and will appeal to the seasoned scholar who wants to gain a comprehensive and up-to-date view of one of Spain's most enduring cultural expressions." - Jose M. Regueiro University of Pennsylvania
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Summaries
Long Description
The Golden Age of Spanish drama extends from the close of the 15th century to the death of Calderón in 1681. During that time, the humanists, as dramatists, followed Italy's artistic awakening direction, and imitated Classical drama. With originality and dreams of greatness, they subverted the nature of tragedy; modified the approach of Comedy and invented the New Play, the Comedia Nueva. In it the poet-dramatists introduced important modificaitons of realism, included imagined reality, Christian symbolism and theatricality, as artistic truth. They elaborate all kinds of syntheses. For this reason, the Spanish Golden Age theater can be viewed as part of a tradition that includes the Greco-Roman comedy and tragedy, Christian tragedy, and the authentic national literary and dramatic tendencies. The entries in this reference book explore the fascinating history of the Golden Age of Spanish drama. The volume begins with an introductory overview of the literary, cultural, and historical contexts that shaped dramatic writing of the period. The book then presents alphabetically arranged essays for nineteen significant Spanish dramatists of the Golden Age. Each essay is written by an expert contributor and includes biographical information, an analysis and evaluation of major works, a discussion of critical response to the plays, and an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources. The volume closes with a selected general bibliography of central critical studies of Golden Age Spanish drama.
Main Description
The 16th and 17th centuries were the most fruitful periods for Spanish literature. The Golden Age of Spanish drama extends from the close of the 15th century to the death of Calderon in 1681. During that time, Spanish playwrights looked to Italy for inspiration, but from the beginning they sought to avoid slavish imitation of classical and Italian drama. Instead, these playwrights attempted to give Spanish drama its own identity. This reference includes alphabetically arranged essays for 19 of the most important Spanish dramatists of the Golden Age. Each essay provides extensive biographical information, a critical discussion of the playwright's dramatic production, a critical analysis of one major play, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. The volume closes with a selected general bibliography on the most important drama of this period.
Main Description
The Golden Age of Spanish drama extends from the close of the 15th century to the death of Calderon in 1681. During that time, the humanists, as dramatists, followed Italys artistic awakening direction, and imitated Classical drama. With originality and dreams of greatness, they subverted the nature of tragedy; modified the approach of Comedy and invented the New Play, the "Comedia Nueva." In it the poet-dramatists introduced important modificaitons of realism, included imagined reality, Christian symbolism and theatricality, as artistic truth. They elaborate all kinds of syntheses. For this reason, the Spanish Golden Age theater can be viewed as part of a tradition that includes the Greco-Roman comedy and tragedy, Christian tragedy, and the authentic national literary and dramatic tendencies. The entries in this reference book explore the fascinating history of the Golden Age of Spanish drama. The volume begins with an introductory overview of the literary, cultural, and historical contexts that shaped dramatic writing of the period. The book then presents alphabetically arranged essays for nineteen significant Spanish dramatists of the Golden Age. Each essay is written by an expert contributor and includes biographical information, an analysis and evaluation of major works, a discussion of critical response to the plays, and an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources. The volume closes with a selected general bibliography of central critical studies of Golden Age Spanish drama.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: The Golden Age of Spanish Dramap. 1
Juan Ruiz de Alarcon y Mendozap. 18
Francisco Antonio de Bances Candamop. 28
Pedro Calderon de la Barcap. 39
Guillen de Castrop. 51
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedrap. 63
Andres de Claramonte y Corroyp. 75
Juan de la Cuevap. 87
Juan del Encinap. 96
Antonio Mira de Amescuap. 107
Juan Perez de Montalbanp. 124
Agustin Moreto y Cabanap. 132
Luis Quinones de Benaventep. 140
Fernando de Rojasp. 145
Francisco de Rojas Zorrillap. 177
Lope de Ruedap. 188
Tirso de Molina (Gabriel Tellez)p. 205
Bartolome de Torres Naharrop. 218
Lope Felix de Vega Carpiop. 229
Luis Velez de Guevarap. 244
Selected Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 263
About the Contributorsp. 283
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