Spanish Dramatists of the Golden Age: A Bio-bibliographical Sourcebook

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Mary Parker
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Drama - 286 pages

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.


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Juan Ruiz de Alarcon y Mendoza
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Juan de la Cueva
Antonio Mira de Amescua
Juan Perez de Montalban
Luis Quinones de Benavente
Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla
Tirso de Molina Gabriel Tellez
Bartolome de Torres Naharro
Luis Velez de Guevara
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MARY PARKER has taught at Boston University, Boston College, Hunter College of the City University of New York, and St. John's University. She is the author of Santas, Reinas, Mártires y Cortesanas/La Mujer en el teatro de Juan Bautista Diamante, and she is coauthor and editor of Spanish Dramatists of the Golden Age: A Bio-Bibliography Sourcebook, and the forthcoming Modern Spanish Dramatists: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook.

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