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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 Strategy for Self-Expression: The Puppet-Mistress

A Strategy for Self-Expression: The Puppet-Mistress

(p.107) Chapter 3 A Strategy for Self-Expression: The Puppet-Mistress
Role-Play and the World as Stage in the Comedia
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This chapter analyses the use of role-play as a strategy for self-expression in Pedro Calderón de la Barca's La dama duende and Lope de Vega's La discreta enamorada. It explains that the eponymous women in these plays use role-play to escape spiritual destruction in a developed and strategic fashion, and that their intentions are positive and forward-looking from the start. The chapter also discusses their success in the use of role-play as a strategic stepping stone to success to ultimately undermine patriarchy's expectations of their long-term role without marginalizing themselves.

Keywords:   role-play, self-expression, La dame duende, La discreta enamorada, de la Barca, Lope de Vega, spiritual destruction

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