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Role-Play and the World as Stage in the Comedia
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Role-Play and the World as Stage in the Comedia

Jonathan Thacker

Abstract

The Theatrum Mundi metaphor was well known in the Golden Age, and was often employed, notably by Calderón in his religious theatre, although little account has been given of the everyday exploitation of the idea of the world as stage in the mainstream drama of the Golden Age. This study examines how and why playwrights of the period time and again created characters who dramatize themselves, re-inventing themselves by performing new roles and inventing new plots within the larger frame of the play. The prevalence of metatheatrical techniques among Golden Age dramatists, including Lope de Vega, ... More

Keywords: Theatrum Mundi, Golden Age, Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, de la Barca, Guillén de Castro, metatheatre, comedy, Spain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780853235484
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313967

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Thacker, author