A History of Theatre in Spain

A History of Theatre in Spain

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Leading theatre historians and practitioners map a theatrical history that moves from the religious tropes of medieval Iberia to the postmodern practices of twenty-first-century Spain. Considering work across the different languages of Spain, from vernacular Latin to Catalan, Galician and Basque, this history engages with the work of actors and directors, designers and publishers, agents and impresarios, and architects and ensembles, in indicating the ways in which theatre has both commented on and intervened in the major debates and issues of the day. Chapters consider paratheatrical activities and popular performance, such as the comedia de magia and flamenco, alongside the works of Spain's major dramatists, from Lope de Vega to Federico Garcia Lorca. Featuring revealing interviews with actress Nuria Espert, director Lluis Pasqual and playwright Juan Mayorga, it positions Spanish theatre within a paradigm that recognizes its links and intersections with wider European and Latin American practices.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Spanish
  • 28 b/w illus.
  • 1139372289
  • 9781139372282

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"If the curtain that CUP has raised embraces on the stage of this volume the examination of the Hispanic dramatic tradition as much as the continuation of international hispanism, the project should be received with applause from those of us who become members of the audience as much as participants in the cast of characters."
--Boletin de la Real Academia Espanola (trans. from the original Spanish by Maria Delgado) "Copious notes throughout and an excellent bibliography attest to the exemplary scholarship in this book." --Choice
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Table of contents

Introduction Maria M. Delgado and David T. Gies; 1. The theatre in medieval Spain: the challenges of historiography Angel Gomez Moreno; 2. Playing the palace: space, place and performance in early modern Spain Margaret R. Greer; 3. The world as a stage: politics, imperialism and Spain's seventeenth-century theatre Jose Maria Ruano de la Haza; 4. Lope de Vega, Pedro Calderon de la Barca and Tirso de Molina: Spain's Golden Age drama and its legacy Jonathan Thacker; 5. The art of the actor, 1565-1833: from moral suspicion to social institution Evangelina Rodriguez Cuadros; 6. Theatrical infrastructures, dramatic production and performance, 1700-59 Fernando Domenech Rico; 7. Popular theatre and the Spanish stage, 1737-98 Josep Maria Sala Valldaura; 8. Theatre of the elites, Neoclassicism and the Enlightenment, 1750-1808 Rene Andioc; 9. Zarzuela: prejudice and mass culture in Spain Rafael Lamas; 10. Nineteenth-century Spanish theatre: the birth of an industry Jose Luis Gonzalez Subias; 11. Copyright, buildings, spaces and the nineteenth-century stage Lisa Surwillo; 12. Modernism and the avant-garde in fin-de-siecle Barcelona and Madrid David George and Jesus Rubio Jimenez; 13. Continuity and innovation in Spanish theatre, 1900-36 Dru Dougherty and Andrew Anderson; 14. Theatrical activities during the Spanish Civil War, 1936-9 Jim McCarthy; 15. Theatre, colonialism, exile and the Americas Helena Buffery; 16. Theatre under Franco, 1939-75: censorship, playwriting and performance John London; 17. Flamenco: performing the local/performing the state Lourdes Orozco; 18. Actors and agency in the modern era, 1801-2010 Josep Lluis Sirera; 19. Nationalism, identity and theatre: theatre across the Spanish state in the democratic era, 1975-2010 Sharon Feldman and Anxo Abuin Gonzalez; 20. Directors and the Spanish stage, 1823-2010 Maria M. Delgado; 21. This evolution is still ongoing Nuria Espert; 22. Theatre as a process of discovery Lluis Pasqual; 23. Theatre is the art of the future Juan Mayorga; Select bibliography.
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