Sex, Violence, and (Poetic) Justice: Spanish and New World Classical Theater|
Spring 2009 not offered
COL 313, IBST 315|
From 1580 to 1660 Spanish-language playwrights in Spain and the New World created a repertory comparable for inventiveness, variety, and influence to the Classical Greek and Elizabethan English traditions and unmatched by any for the sheer magnitude of the outpouring. Through it a collective identity is shaped and projected and conflicts, often violent, between freedom and authority, desire and conformity, acted out. Designed to please paying popular as well as learned courtly audiences and distinguished for its innovative exploration of hybrid forms such as tragicomedy, Spanish Golden-Age theater is typically vital, surprising, and refined all at once. Two fascinating plays by women playwrights are included. Attention will be given to performance: stagecraft, women on the stage, theater as ritual. Scenes from the plays will be performed informally in class.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(HISP)(RMST)(THEA)
Major plays by Lope de Vega, Calderón, Tirso de Molina, Ruíz de Alarcón, Maria de Zayas, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and Cervantes
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three short papers (3 pp.), one longer paper (5-7pp.), one short oral presentation as preparation for the final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
SPAN 231 is intended for students who have completed SPAN 221 or the equivalent. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before pre-registering. An additional semester of upper-level Spanish beyond 221 (or the equivalent), taken earlier or concurrently, is recommended but NOT required. Readings, written assignments, and class discussions will be in Spanish. Only COL students may take this course CR/U.
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