HISPANIC STUDIES 687; HISPANIC GENRE STUDIES

Topic: Spanish Golden Age Theater: Text and Performance

 

Prof. Eduardo Urbina

 

Course description:

 

The course will approach the study of the Spanish Comedia from an interdisciplinary perspective, as written texts and as theater to be staged.  Selected plays by Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Ruiz de Alarcón, Calderón de la Barca, and other key dramatists of the Golden Age, will be read as texts focusing on their historical, ideological, and aesthetic significance, and analyzed as theater art to understand the process and techniques involved in their performance and how individual representations affect and contribute to the meaning of the texts. 

 

In addition to invited lectures from faculty in Performance Studies, Italian and English, students will view and analyze comedia performances from the Golden Age Theater Festival at El Paso, Texas, using the video library of the Association of Hispanic Classical Theater, as well as from  our own collection.

 

Sample list of plays to be included in the course:

 

Medora, Lope de Rueda

El retablo de las maravillas and El viejo celoso, Miguel de Cervantes

El castigo sin venganza, Lope de Vega

Fuenteovejuna, Lope de Vega

El perro del hortelano, Lope de Vega

El burlador de Sevilla, Tirso de Molina

La verdad sospechosa, Ruiz de Alarcón

La vida es sueño, Calderón de la Barca

El médico de su honra, Calderón de la Barca

El gran teatro del mundo, Calderón de la Barca

 

Textbooks:

 

El arte nuevo de hacer comedias en este tiempo (1609),  Lope de Vega

Historia del teatro español, F. Ruiz Ramón (Madrid: Alianza, latest ed.) vol. 1

or Historia de la literatura española; Siglo de Oro: teatro (Barcelona: Ariel, latest ed.)

John Varey, Cosmovisión y escenografía: el teatro español en el Siglo de Oro (Madrid: Castalia, 1987).

Bruce Wardropper; Elder Olson, Teoría de la comedia (Barcelona: Ariel, 1978).

Texto y espectáculo, J. L. Suárez García, ed. (York, SC: Spanish Lit. Publications, 1995-1966).

Texto y representación en el teatro del siglo de oro, Aurelio González, ed. (El Colegio de México, 1997).

La Comedia, Jean Canavaggio, ed. (Madrid: Casa de Velázquez, 1995).

Estudios críticos y teóricos sobre la comedia del siglo de oro, Eduardo Urbina, ed.  (2000) Xerox

 

 


Secondary texts on theater performance, staging and theater history:

 

-John J. Allen. The Reconstruction of a Spanish Golden Age Playhouse: El Corral del Príncipe, 1583-1744. Gainesville: U of Florida, 1983. (NA6840.S72 M3233)

 

-Margaret R. Greer. El teatro palaciego en Madrid, 1586-1707: estudios y documentos. London: Tamesis-Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 1997. (PN2786.M3 GT4)

 

-El mundo del teatro español en su Siglo de Oro: ensayos dedicados a J. E. Varey. J.M. Ruano de la Haza, ed. Ottawa: Dovehouse, 1989. (PQ6105.M86)

 

-J.M. Ruano de la Haza and John J. Allen. Los teatros comerciales del siglo XVII y la escenificación de la comedia. Madrid: Castalia, 1994.

 

-N.D. Shergold. Representaciones palaciegas, 1603-1699: estudio y documentos. London: Tamesis, 1982. (PN2782.S453)

 

-Teatros y vida teatral en el Siglo de Oro a través de las fuentes documentales. Luciano García Lorenzo & J. Varey. London: Tamesis, 1991. (PN2782.T425)

 

-John E. Varey. Teatros y comedias en Madrid, 1600-1650: estudios y documentos. London: Tamesis, 1971. (PN2786.M3 V3)

 

-John H. Varey. Cosmovisión y escenografía: el teatro español en el Siglo de Oro. Madrid: Castalia, 1987.  (PQ6064.V37 C6)

 

Tentative class schedule and assignments:

 

Week 1                        Introduction to Spanish Golden Age theater; Text vs. Representation;  Drama vs. Performance.  The Comedia.

                                   

Week 2                        Staging and Directing, Prof. Roger Schultz (guess lecture) Dept. of Performance Studies.  Historia de la literatura española; Siglo de Oro: teatro,     Chaps. 1-2.

                                    Video: Medora by Lope de Rueda

 

Week 3                        The Italian commedia del’ arte in Spain; Prof. R. Petrillo (guess lecture) Dept. of MOCL.

                                    Historia de la literatura española; Siglo de Oro: teatro, Chap. 3

                                    Miguel de Cervantes, El retablo de las maravillas (video)

 

Week 4                        Public and society in the corrales; Lope and the world of the comedia

                                    El arte nuevo de hacer comedias en este tiempo (1609),  Lope de Vega

                                    Lope de Vega, El perro del hortelano (video)

 

Week 5                        Poetry, Drama, Theater and Metatheater in the comedia.

                                    Ruiz de Alarcón, La verdad sospechosa.

                                    Critical commentary 1

 

Week 6                        Ethics and politics in the Spanish comedia; the theme of honor.

                                    Lope de Vega, El castigo sin venganza.

                                    Fuenteovejuna (video)

 

Week 7                        Types, characters and myths; the myth of Don Juan

                                    Tirso de Molina, El burlador de Sevilla

                                    Critical commentary 2

 

Week 8                        The comedia goes Barroque; from the corral to the palace

                                    Historia de la literatura española; Siglo de Oro: teatro, Chap. 5

                                    Calderón de la Barca, La vida es sueño. (video)

 

Week 9                        The Elizabethan Stage, Prof. Douglass Brooks (guess lecture) English Dept.

                                    Student presentations on the history of Golden Age theaters and the staging of the comedia (Round 1)

 

Week 10                      Ideology vs. Aesthetics; The world as stage and the world of the stage.

                                    Calderón, El médico de su honra.

                                    Student presentations on the history of Golden Age theaters and the staging of the comedia (Round 2)

 

Week 11                      The auto sacramental and the allegorical theater.

                                    Calderón´s El gran teatro del mundo. (video)

 

Week 12                      Student presentations on the history of Golden Age theaters and the staging of the comedia (Round 3)

 

Week 13                      Beyond the Golden Age: continuation, imitation and adaptation; film and modern staging. (video)

 

Week 14                      New approaches and critical theories: Staging the comedia; practicum and dramatic readings.

 

Week 15                      Seminar presentation of individual course projects. Term paper due.

 

 

Grading policy and scale:

 

Written assignments and commentaries              20%

Oral presentations                                             20%

Practicum                                                         30%

Term paper                                                      30%    

 

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