The Re-Creation of History in the Fernando and Isabel Plays of Lope de Vega

The Re-Creation of History in the Fernando and Isabel Plays of Lope de Vega

by DeLys Ostlund
     
 

This study examines a long-recognized characteristic of Spanish Golden Age historical drama, that dramatists of the period interpreted factual history according to their own literary purposes. The study is based on five of Lope de Vega's plays that dramatize key moments in the reign of the Catholic Monarchs. The author points out basic patterns which guided Lope's

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This study examines a long-recognized characteristic of Spanish Golden Age historical drama, that dramatists of the period interpreted factual history according to their own literary purposes. The study is based on five of Lope de Vega's plays that dramatize key moments in the reign of the Catholic Monarchs. The author points out basic patterns which guided Lope's restructuring of history, at the same time highlighting the differences in the approach to historical material in each work. Finally, the author examines Lope's portrayal of Isabel and Fernando and the implications of such a portrayal.

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«DeLys Ostlund's book is a significant contribution to the study of Lope de Vega's historical plays. Taking into account both the oral and written models for Lope's plays, Ostlund carefully explains how the playwright transforms the 'historical' into a dramatic action that both recalls the events of the past and in an Aristotelian fashion 'improves' history through poetic or fictive truth. Through a detailed analysis of the characters of Fernando and Isabel, Ostlund uncovers Lope's complex and changing portrayals of these monarchs. Ostlund also provides rich new insights into the image of woman as ruler in the 'comedia' and the dynamics of the queen's relationship with Fernando. This book will be of interest not only to those who study Spanish Golden Age theater, but also to students of the history and culture of the period.» (Frederick A. de Armas, The Pennsylvania State University)
Booknews
Ostlund (Spanish, Portland State U., Oregon) analyzes five historical dramas in which Lope (1562-1635) dramatizes key moments in the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, which by his time were considered to have midwived Spain into a world power. She points out the basic patterns that guided his restructuring of history and the variations in each work, and examines his portrayal of Isabel and Fernando themselves and the implications of it for his own time. Assumes a reading knowledge of Spanish from the period. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820428949
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Series:
Iberica Series, #18
Pages:
129

Meet the Author

The Author: DeLys Ostlund is an assistant professor of Spanish at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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