Dark Prisms: Occultism in Hispanic Drama

Dark Prisms: Occultism in Hispanic Drama

by Robert Lima
     
 

The mythological, folkloric, and religious beliefs of Western culture have resulted in a long and ongoing history of esoteric themes in theatre from the Middle Ages to the present in Spain and the America. Now Robert Lima, a noted comparatist, brings to bear on this material his wide knowledge of the world of the occult. Lima defines the terms "occult" and "occultism"… See more details below

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The mythological, folkloric, and religious beliefs of Western culture have resulted in a long and ongoing history of esoteric themes in theatre from the Middle Ages to the present in Spain and the America. Now Robert Lima, a noted comparatist, brings to bear on this material his wide knowledge of the world of the occult. Lima defines the terms "occult" and "occultism" broadly to embrace the many ways in which humans have sought to fathom a secret knowledge held to be accessible only through such supernatural agencies as alchemy, angelology, asceticism, astrology, demonolatry, divination, ecstasy, magic, necromancy, possession, Santeria, séances, voudoun, and witchcraft. The dramatic works covered range from medieval materializations of Hell to the Golden Age plays of Lope de vega, Tirso de Molina, and Calderón de la Barca, to modern stage works by Valle-Inclán, García Lorca, Casona, Miras, and a number of significant Afro-Brazilian and Caribbean dramatists. The concluding comprehensive bibliography of the drama of the occult is invaluable.

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From Medieval materializations of Hell to the modern stage, Lima (Spanish, Pennsylvania State U.) explores the manifestations in Spanish and Latin American drama of alchemy, astrology, demonology, necromancy, santeria, voudoun, witchcraft, and other forms of the occult. He also considers Brazilian and Cuban drama with African roots. An extensive bibliography lists plays by author in separate sections of the old and new world, and by common motifs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This intriguing study convincingly establishes, from a comparatist's perspective, the long current of the occult within Hispanic drama from medieval times to the present, in Spain and in Latin America." — Hispanic Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813119090
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
10/07/2011
Series:
Studies in Romance Languages
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
0.63(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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