ENGENDERING
THE EARLY MODERN STAGE

WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS IN THE SPANISH EMPIRE

 

EDITED BY

AMY R. WILLIAMSEN

VALERIE HEGSTROM

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
AT GREENSBORO (USA)

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
(USA)

(1999) 333 pages
ISBN: 978-1-889431-47-8

 

     This book brings together original critical studies that document and analyze the vital contributions of women-both secular and religious-writing in Spanish during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
The volume is divided into three Acts, framed by an introduction (loa), two entremeses, and a concluding celebration (sarao). Two appendixes, providing information about the works of all women known to have written for the theater in Spanish in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, conclude the volume but represent a point of departure for further research.

     Each essay in the collection exemplifies significant trends in criticism, ranging from performance-based considerations of drama to feminist psychoanalytical approaches to literature.  The contributors, several of whom are pioneers in the field, all bring their particular expertise to the anthology. Together, this group of scholars has aimed to make more visible the many contributions to theater in Spanish made by the Early Modern women whom traditional literary histories have largely overlooked. Ultimately, this inclusive approach allows for a more effective exploration of the complex relationships between margin and center, gender and authority, performance and text.

  

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