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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813192864
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Studies in Romance Languages
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
ISupernaturalism in Medieval Spanish Drama3
IIEsoterica in the Golden Age Drama of Spain15
IIIThe Demonic Pact and the Quest for Esoteric Knowledge28
IVAncient Ways: Occult Lore in the Plays of Ramon del Valle-Inclan49
VToward the Dionysiac: Pagan Elements and Rites in Federico Garcia Lorca's "Yerma"69
VIThe Devil in the Blood: Genesis and Subversion of the Demonic Pact in Alejandro Casona88
VIIIlluminati, Devils, and Witches: The Unholy Plays of Domingo Miras95
VIIIThe Orishas of Ife: African Deities in Cuban and Brazilian Drama115
VIXDrama of the Occult: A Bibliography of Spanish and Latin American Plays137
Notes164
Works Cited177
Index183

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