Early Modern Spanish Drama

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At the start of the twenty-first century, performances of early modern Spanish drama experienced resurgent popularity—not only in Spain but also on stages across Europe, Latin America, and the United States. In the academy the comedia, which includes comic, tragicomic, and tragic works, is widely taught in a range of contexts to a variety of students, in Spanish and in translation. Given the steady increase of Spanish as the language of choice in foreign language departments, these courses will continue to ...

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Overview

At the start of the twenty-first century, performances of early modern Spanish drama experienced resurgent popularity—not only in Spain but also on stages across Europe, Latin America, and the United States. In the academy the comedia, which includes comic, tragicomic, and tragic works, is widely taught in a range of contexts to a variety of students, in Spanish and in translation. Given the steady increase of Spanish as the language of choice in foreign language departments, these courses will continue to flourish. This volume offers guidance to teachers in helping students engage with and understand these late-sixteenth- and early-seventeenth-century works. Part 1, "Materials," evaluates editions and anthologies in English and Spanish; identifies important critical works and historical studies; and surveys illustrated books, films, and Internet resources. In part 2, "Approaches," experienced teachers discuss the way the plays challenged the interests of the monarchial state; examine the obsession with honor shared by Spanish men and women alike; explain the key role costume played in providing both pleasure and meaning; and explore how late-twentieth-century films reflect elements of these early Spanish plays. Other approaches center on five women playwrights; delve into the complex theological and philosophical underpinnings of the plays; pair the plays with Shakespearean drama; show how Spanish plays influenced French dramatists; and trace the appeal of the Don Juan figure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873529952
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 90
  • Pages: 281
  • Sales rank: 1,110,888
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Series
Preface to the Volume
Acknowledgments
Part 1 Materials
Editions of Comedias
Anthologies in Spanish 3
Individual Editions and Series in Spanish 4
Bilingual Editions and Translations 7
The Instructor's Library
Background Studies 9
Critical and Scholarly Studies 12
Journals and Series 14
Aids to Teaching
Illustrated Books 15
Films 16
Internet Resources 17
Part 2 Approaches
Introduction 23
The Past in the Present: Historical Frameworks and Visual Contexts
Communicating the Past 29
Between Ideals and Pragmatism: Honor in Early Modern Spain 39
A Woman Hunted, a City Besieged: Spanish Emblems and Italian Art in Fuenteovejuna 45
Early Modern Geographies: Teaching Space in Tirso de Molina's Urban Plays 53
Costume and the Comedia: Dressing Up El vergonzoso en palacio in the Classroom 61
Teaching Golden Age Theater through Filmic Adaptations 69
Language, Theory, and (Teaching) Philosophy
How to Do Things with Polimetria 76
The Comedia and the Theoretical Imperative 85
Unanswering the Question: A Course on Spanish Golden Age Plays by Women 92
Toward an Understanding of Moral Philosophy and the Theme of Desengano in Calderon 99
Theater History, Practice, and Comparative Contexts
Placing the Comedia in Performative Context 107
On Teaching Non-Comedia Festive Drama of Early Modern Spain 115
Reinventing Texts in a New (Historical) Context: Spanish Comedia and Shakespeare 125
Comedia and Comedie 134
Don Juan in Three Acts: Seduction across Time and Space 143
Cross-Cultural Approaches
Lope de Vega and the Matter of America: Approaching the Comedia from a Transatlantic Perspective 152
An Approach to Teaching Drama Written in Colonial Spanish America 159
Staging Captivity: Cervantes's Barbary Plays 166
Teaching Race and the Performances of Whiteness in El valiente negro en Flandes, by Andres de Claramente 174
Teaching the Comedia to Nonmajors: Golden Age Drama in a Cultural Studies Context 182
Embodied Pedagogies
Trials: Teaching the Spanish Baroque Comedia in the Twenty-First Century 189
Mentoring Environments and Golden Age Theater Production 198
New Technologies
The Digital Comedia: Teaching Golden Age Theater with New and Emerging Technologies 206
The Closest Reading: Creating Annotated Online Editions 214
Glossary of Key Terms 221
Notes on Contributors 225
Survey Participants 229
Works Cited 231
Index of Plays 269
Index of Playwrights 273
Index of Names 275
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