SPN 391 • STUDIES IN RENAISSANCE AND GOLDEN AGE LITERATURE: TRADITION AND INNOVATION IN THE RENAISSANCE DRAMA OF SPAIN
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
This course provides an introduction to the Renaissance Drama of the Spanish Golden Age, focusing on the interplay between traditional form and dramatic innovations throughout the period. While the subject matter of the course naturally concerns itself with the sixteenth century, readings and discussions will additionally treat earlier and later drama for the purposes of comparative analysis and perspective. Dramatists to be covered include Gómez Manrique, Juan del Encina, Lucas Fernández, Torres Naharro, Gil Vicente, Lope de Rueda, Juan de la Cueva, and Cervantes, with Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, and Calderón showing the transition from Renaissance to Baroque drama. Throughout, we will attempt to understand the dramatic production of Renaissance Spain on its own terms (as a reflection of the literary values and dramatic conventions of the time) and also as a multi-faceted and ever-changing precursor to the later comedia nueva and the national theatre of the seventeenth century. A number of works on the graduate readling lists in our department are included in this comprehensive course.
Class meetings will be organized around active discussion and student participation. Each meeting will concentrate on the dissemination of theory and background information through a brief lecture, followed by textual analysis and discussion. Students will be responsible for textual readings as well as theoretical or critical works deemed pertinent to that week's topic. Students will prepare an oral report on a critical work and will follow-up with a brief written analysis. Students will be required to write a final paper of between 15 and 25 pages which analyzes one or more of the plays studied or other works by these dramatists.
Auto de los Reyes Magos Gómez Manrique, Representación del Nacimiento de Nuestro Señor Juan del Encina, Églogas, Auto del repelón Lucas Fernández, Auto de la Pasión Torres Naharro, Prohemio, Comedia Himenea Gil Vicente, Tragicomedia de don Duardos Lope de Rueda, Pasos, Eufemia Juan de la Cueva, Exemplar poético, El infamador Lupercio de Argensola, Alejandra Cervantes, Numancia, Pedro de Urdemalas, Entremeses Lope de Vega, Fuenteovejuna (optional) Tirso de Molina, El burlador de Sevilla (optional) Calderón, El médico de su honra (optional) Critical Works (selection): Aristotle, Poetics Fergusson, The Idea of a Theater Elam, Semiotics of Theater and Drama Olson, Teoría de la comedia Asensio, Itinerario del entremés Friedman, The Unifying Concept Abel, Metatheter Shorter studies on theatre and Spanish Drama by Gilman, Shergold, Varey, Wardropper, Crawford, Bakhtin, and other critics.