SPN 391 • Honor and Tragedy in Spanish Golden Age Drama
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
This course will concentrate on the dramas of honor and tragedy in seventeenth-century Spain, including representative works of Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, and Calderñn de la Barca. General and comparative in nature, the course will examine one play each week, concentrating on the relationship between the honor theme and tragedy. Definitions will be formulated, based on classical models (such as Aristotle) and current scholarly theoretical approaches. We will discuss the concept of tragedy in Counterreformation Spain and how the Aristotelian definition of tragedy must be amended in the consideration of Spanish baroque drama. We will also examine the theme of honor as it occurs in Golden Age drama and whether it should be considered a dramatic convention or a reflection of social norms and values.
(alternate works are for those students who have read the primary work; an * indicates work on PhD reading list) Cervantes, Numancia*(alternate: other play of "trágicos" generation-1580's) "El retablo de las maravillas"* (in entremeses) Lope de Vega, Arte nuevo de hacer comedias Fuenteovejuna* (alternate: Peribáïez) El castigo sin venganza El caballero de Olmedo* El perro del hortelano Tirso de Molina, El condenado por desconfiado El burlador de Sevilla* Calderñn, El médico de su honra* (alternate: El pintor de su deshonra) El alcalde de Zalamea* El mágico prodigioso A secreto agravio, secreta venganza La vida es sueïo* Pertinent secondary readings will also be assigned, including critical works by Castro, Parker, Dunn, Jones, Dëez Borque, Maravall, Spitzer, Wardropper Ruiz Ramñn, MacCurdy, and others on honor, tragedy, and dramatic theory.