Dark Prisms: Occultism in Hispanic Drama

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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 ...
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Overview

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813119090
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 10/7/2011
  • Series: Studies in Romance Languages
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
I Supernaturalism in Medieval Spanish Drama 3
II Esoterica in the Golden Age Drama of Spain 15
III The Demonic Pact and the Quest for Esoteric Knowledge 28
IV Ancient Ways: Occult Lore in the Plays of Ramon del Valle-Inclan 49
V Toward the Dionysiac: Pagan Elements and Rites in Federico Garcia Lorca's "Yerma" 69
VI The Devil in the Blood: Genesis and Subversion of the Demonic Pact in Alejandro Casona 88
VII Illuminati, Devils, and Witches: The Unholy Plays of Domingo Miras 95
VIII The Orishas of Ife: African Deities in Cuban and Brazilian Drama 115
VIX Drama of the Occult: A Bibliography of Spanish and Latin American Plays 137
Notes 164
Works Cited 177
Index 183
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