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Role-Play and the World as Stage in the Comedia$
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Jonathan Thacker

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235484

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313967

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A Sense of Theatre

A Sense of Theatre

(p.19) Chapter 1 A Sense of Theatre
Role-Play and the World as Stage in the Comedia
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This chapter examines Guillén de Castro's comedy La fuerza de la costumbre in order to define the kind of acting that is expected in the society usually portrayed in the comedia nueva. It suggests that aside from its amusing plot developments, the play also illustrates not only some of the norms of the dramatic society but also the methods by which they are reproduced. The chapter also considers the relationship between the role played by an individual and that individual's notion of self, and how students of Golden Age drama have dealt with these issues of role and self.

Keywords:   costumbre, Guillén de Castro, comedy, comedia nueva, dramatic society, role and self, Golden Age drama

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