The Discourse of Courtly Love in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Theater by Robert E. BaylissThe Discourse of Courtly Love in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Theater by Robert E. Bayliss

The Discourse of Courtly Love in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Theater

byRobert E. Bayliss

Hardcover | December 1, 2008

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The rise of a popular and professional theater industry in early modern Spain (roughly 1580 1700) generated a cultural polemic: while popular comedy was mass-produced for a paying public for the first time in Spain, both secular and religious authorities became concerned with the ways in which such plays might negatively influence the behavior and values of its consumers, especially women. This book contextualizes this polemic in literary, cultural, and ideological terms; it recognizes both the unique cultural circumstances of the early modern Spanish theater and the long-standing underlying artistic tensions influencing its practitioners. These cultural and literary circumstances inform the varied and often contradictory ways in which desire is represented and performed onstage. By engaging in dialogue the voices of both male and female writers who participated both in the broader courtly love tradition and in the theatrical production of early modern Spain, this book demonstrates that all representations of desire, whether of male or female authorship, are gender-inflected.
Robert E. Bayliss is assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Kansas.
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Title:The Discourse of Courtly Love in Seventeenth-Century Spanish TheaterFormat:HardcoverDimensions:204 pages, 9.62 × 6.59 × 0.68 inPublished:December 1, 2008Publisher:Bucknell University PressLanguage:English

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'[This book] is arguably one of the most important comparative contributions to be made by a young scholar to the field of early modern Spanish drama in recent years. Executed within the framework of discourse analysis, it is both theoretically informed and intellectually engaging.'