Conscience on Stage: The Comedia as Casuistry in Early Modern Spain

Conscience on Stage: The Comedia as Casuistry in Early Modern Spain

by Hilaire Kallendorf
     
 

It is no accident that some variation of the question 'What should I do?' appears in over three-quarters of the comedic plays of the Spanish Golden Age. Casuistical dialogue was a concern, even an obsession, of Spanish playwrights during the seventeenth century, many of whom were educated by Jesuit casuists. Conscience on Stage is a study of casuistry or case

Overview

It is no accident that some variation of the question 'What should I do?' appears in over three-quarters of the comedic plays of the Spanish Golden Age. Casuistical dialogue was a concern, even an obsession, of Spanish playwrights during the seventeenth century, many of whom were educated by Jesuit casuists. Conscience on Stage is a study of casuistry or case morality as the foundation for a poetics of seventeenth-century Spanish comedias.

Hilaire Kallendorf examines the Jesuit upbringing and casuistical education of major playwrights of the Spanish Golden Age, many of whom were also priests, and introduces the vocabulary of casuistry, as expressed in both confessors' manuals and in stage plays. Engaging issues of class, gender, and age to explore scenes of advice-giving and receiving, she demonstrates how the culture-specific construct of 'conscience' in early modern Spain can be recovered by means of a Foucauldian genealogy, which enlists the skills of philology at the service of a larger vision of the history of ideas. This study outlines and reiterates the relationship of theatre to casuistry, the Jesuit contributions to Spanish literary theory and practice, and the importance of casuistry for the study of early modern subjectivity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802092298
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
06/04/2007
Series:
University of Toronto Romance Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

Hilaire Kallendorf is a professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies and the Religious Studies Program at Texas A&M University.

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