The Play of Power: Mythological Court Dramas of Calderon de La Barca Margaret Rich Greer

ISBN: 9780691068572

Published: May 26th 1991

Hardcover

276 pages


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The Play of Power: Mythological Court Dramas of Calderon de La Barca  by  Margaret Rich Greer

The Play of Power: Mythological Court Dramas of Calderon de La Barca by Margaret Rich Greer
May 26th 1991 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 276 pages | ISBN: 9780691068572 | 6.67 Mb

Pedro Calderon de la Barca (1600-1681), one of the great dramatists of Spains Golden Age, wrote a series of mythological spectacle plays for the Habsburg courts. Written when court spectacles were an instrument of monarchical absolutism, these laterMorePedro Calderon de la Barca (1600-1681), one of the great dramatists of Spains Golden Age, wrote a series of mythological spectacle plays for the Habsburg courts. Written when court spectacles were an instrument of monarchical absolutism, these later works by Calderon have often been dismissed by critics as servile flattery of the royalty or mere displays of dazzling showmanship.

Margaret Rich Greer argues, however, that many of the playwrights court dramas not only explore human life and social organization, but also possess artistic unity and thematic complexity that make them landmarks in European dramatic history.

Analyzing seven of these plays, she demonstrates Calderons mastery in the integration of music, dance, elaborate scenery, and stage machinery to enhance rather than overpower his poetic text. Greer shows that by envisioning each drama in the physical setting of its performance and in the political context of its time, readers can appreciate a complex relationship of texts: intertwined with the flattering image of the splendor of royal power are a discourse relevant to common spectators and another one that is subtly critical of the policies of the king and the court.



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