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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $12.00
  • June 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92362-9
  • 640 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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    The Golden Age of Spanish Drama

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    Barbara Fuchs (Editor, University of California-Los Angeles), G.J. Racz (Translator, Long Island University)


    “The comedia was the vibrant center of Spain’s Golden Age and this skillfully curated collection provides the reader with a superior introduction to its range and complexity. Gregary Racz’s delightful translations are complemented by Barbara Fuchs’ deep knowledge of the period to produce an essential primer for all students of early modern theater.” —ANNA MORE, University of Brasília

    This Norton Critical Edition includes:

    • Five major early modern plays of the Spanish Empire—The Siege of Numantia, Fuenteovejuna, The Dog in the Manger, Life Is a Dream, and The Trials of a Noble House—when Spain produced one of the most vibrant and dramatic canons in the history of theater.
    • An Introduction, a Note on the Translation, and explanatory footnotes by G. J. Racz and Barbara Fuchs.
    • Background materials centering on the comedia; on class, gender, and the performance of identity; and on stages, actors, and audiences.
    • Fourteen judiciously chosen critical essays both on Golden Age Spanish drama generally and on the individual plays.
    • A Selected Bibliography.


    New Translations of Plays

    G. J. Racz's translations of Numancia, El perro del hortelano, and Los Empeños de una casa are only available in this edition. 

    New Translations of Contemporary Commentary

    "On the Danger of Makeup" by Luis de León, "Against the Theater" by Lupercio Leonardo de Argensola, "Theory and Practice of Theatergoing" by Alonso López Pinciano, and "The Audience Settles In" by Juan de Zavaleta have all been newly translated for this edition by Laura Muñoz and Barbara Fuchs. 

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