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

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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 ...
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Overview

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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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780820428949
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Iberica Series
  • Pages: 129

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 History and Its Dramatic Representation 7
Ch. 2 The Union of Castile and Aragon: El mejor mozo de Espana 23
Ch. 3 Civil War and the Establishment of the Reign: Fuente Ovejuna 41
Ch. 4 The Rechristianization of the Peninsula: El cerco de Santa Fe 57
Ch. 5 Extension of the Reign and the Faith: El nuevo mundo descubierto por Cristobal Colon 73
Ch. 6 Decline: Las cuentas del Gran Capitan 91
Conclusion 109
Works Cited 117
Index 125
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