Tecnicas de representacion en Lope de Vegaby Teresa J. Kirschner
This volume examines the staging techniques used by Lope de Vega in his comedies, especially those dealing with national historic/legendary materials, and with the Spanish-American landscape. Taking as a premise the difference between 'telling' and 'representing', Professor Kirschner bases her study on the performance aspects of the text, giving equal value to 'extra-verbal' and 'verbal' signs, such as those which describe the scenery and character's physique; other visual (decor, wardrobe, movement, gesture, lighting) and acoustic (music, voices, songs) elements are also analysed. The first part of the book deals with specific dramatic strategies used by Lope in his representation of dreams, sexuality, and the collective character; the author then moves on to consider the implications of staging within the structure of the plays. The final section is centred on Lope's dramaturgy of the New World, specifically the discourse in favour of the Conquest, and its opposite, the discourse in favour of the 'Indian'. TERESA J. KIRSCHNER teaches in the Department of Spanish Studies at Simon Fraser University.
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