Title The Golden Age of Spanish Drama (Norton Critical Editions)
Author Barbara Fuchs, Translator: G.J. Racz
ISBN 9780393923629
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 640
Book size 147 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
About the book


“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.


Translator’s Note

The Texts of the Plays
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra • The Siege of Numantia (Numancia)
Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio • Fuenteovejuna
Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio • The Dog in the Manger (El perro del hortelano)
Pedro Calderón de la Barca • Life Is a Dream (La vida es sueño)
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz • Trials of a Noble House (Los empeños de una casa)

Backgrounds and Contexts
Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio • The New Art of Writing Plays
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra • [Writing for the Theater]
Agustín de Rojas Villandrando • [A Brief History of Theater in Spain]
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra • [Drama and Curiosity]
Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio • [The Mirror of Life]
Francisco de Quevedo • Sir Money Is a Mighty Lord
Fray Luis de León • [On the Dangers of Makeup]
Lupercio Leonardo de Argensola • [Against the Theater]
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz • Men Who Chide Women
Alonso López Pinciano • [Theory and Practice of Theatergoing]
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra • [My Time with the Actors]
Juan de Zabaleta • [The Audience Settles In]
Juan Martí • [Fools and Poets]

José Antonio Maravall • The Social Role of Artifice
Margaret R. Greer and Andrea Junguito • Economies of the Early Modern Spanish Stage
Jodi Campbell • Plays and Politics
Melveena McKendrick • Breaking the Silence: Women and the Word in the Comedia
Ursula K. Heise • Transvestism and the Stage Controversy in Spain and England, 1580–1680
William R. Blue • The Politics of Lope’s Fuente Ovejuna
Duncan Wheeler • An (Early) Modern Classic: Fuente Ovejuna in Contemporary Spain
Bruce W. Wardropper • Comic Illusion: Lope de Vega’s El perro del hortelano
Mercedes Maroto Camino • “Esta sangre quiero”: Secrets and Discovery in Lope’s El perro del hortelano
Michael Armstrong-Roche • (The) Patria Beseiged: Border-Crossing Paradoxes of National Identity in Cervantes’s Numancia
Ana Laguna • Life is a Dream and the Fractures of Reason
Daniel L. Heiple • Life as Dream and the Philosophy of Disillusionment
Sidney Donnell • From Cross Gender to Generic Closure: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Los empeños de una casa
Catherine Boyle • Los Empeños de una Casa by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Translation, Cultural Transmission and Staging

Selected Bibliography

About the Editor:

Barbara Fuchs is Professor of Spanish and English at UCLA, where she also directs the Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies and the William A. Clark Memorial Library. She is the author of Mimesis and Empire: The New World, Islam, and the Construction of European Identities (2001), Passing for Spain: Cervantes and the Fictions of Identity (2003), Romance (2004), and Exotic Nation: Maurophilia and the Construction of Early Modern Spain (2009). She is also a co-editor, with Aaron Ilika, of two captivity plays by Miguel de Cervantes: The Bagnios of Algiers and The Great Sultana (2009).

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of English Literature.


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