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Wit's End: An Adaptation of Lope de Vega's La Dama Boba (Iberica Series, Vol. 32)
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Wit's End: An Adaptation of Lope de Vega's La Dama Boba (Iberica Series, Vol. 32)

by Lope de Vega, Lope de Vega, Edward H. Friedman (Adapted by)
 
Wit’s End is a loose adaptation of La dama boba (The Lady Simpleton), a comedy by the Spanish playwright Lope de Vega. A contemporary of Shakespeare, Lope developed a dramatic model that became the reigning formula in Spain during the period now known as the Golden Age. Wit’s End, like La dama boba, features two sisters –

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Wit’s End is a loose adaptation of La dama boba (The Lady Simpleton), a comedy by the Spanish playwright Lope de Vega. A contemporary of Shakespeare, Lope developed a dramatic model that became the reigning formula in Spain during the period now known as the Golden Age. Wit’s End, like La dama boba, features two sisters – one mentally challenged and the other exceedingly bright – and two less-than-constant suitors. Love and ingenuity combine to produce a happy ending, engineered by the newly enlightened simpleton. Building on the ironies of gender politics, Wit’s End presents the metamorphosis of the «slow» sister while allowing the intellectual sister to maintain her lofty aspirations. The volume contains the text of Wit’s End, together with an introduction that focuses on the background, criticism, and adaptations of La dama boba.

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Perhaps as influential a playwright in Spanish as his contemporary Shakespeare was in English, Vega (1562-1635) developed a dramatic model that became the reigning formula in Spain during what is now known as the Golden Age. Friedman (Spanish and Comparative literature, Indiana U.) presents a free English rendering of The Lady Simpleton, which tells of one mentally challenged and one very bright sister and their less than constant suitors. He also provides historical and literary background information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820445328
Publisher:
Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Iberica Series , #32
Pages:
147
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

The Author: Edward H. Friedman is Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Indiana University. His research centers on Early Modern Spanish literature and contemporary narrative. His publications include The Unifying Concept: Approaches to Cervantes’ Comedias and The Antiheroines’s Voice: Narrative Discourse and Transformations of the Picaresque. He is editor of Bulletin of the Comediantes and vice president of the Cervantes Society of America.

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