The Story of Joseph in Spanish Golden Age Drama

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Michael D. McGaha
Bucknell University Press, 1998 - Drama - 341 pages
This book includes critical studies and English translations of six different dramatic versions of the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers written during the century and a half from about 1535 to 1685 - that is, from the earliest attempts at full-length drama to the end of the classical period, which is usually dated around the year of Calderon de la Barca's death in 1681. Three of the plays are full-length dramas, while the rest belong to the peculiarly Spanish genre of one-act religious plays known as autos sacramentales. Comparison of these six variations on a theme enhances our understanding of the gradual evolution of both the auto and the comedia (full-length) genres during the Golden Age.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
Acknowledgments
13
Miguel de Carvajal The Josephine Tragedy
17
Anonymous Joseph s Wedding
86
Lope de Vega The Trials of Jacob or Sometimes Dreams Come True
100
Pedro Calderón de la Barca Sometimes Dreams Come True
145
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Joseph s Scepter
186
Isaac de Matatia Aboab Harassed But Happy
226
Vincent of Beauvais Speculum Historiale
318
Notes
323
Bibliography
334
Index
337
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