Stages of Desire: The Mythological Tradition in Classical and Contemporary Spanish Theater

Stages of Desire: The Mythological Tradition in Classical and Contemporary Spanish Theater

By

Within the rich tradition of Spanish theater lies an unexplored dimension reflecting themes from classical mythology. Through close readings of selected plays from early modern and twentieth-century Spanish literature with plots or characters derived from the Greco-Roman tradition, Michael Kidd shows that the concept of desire plays a pivotal role in adapting myth to the stage in each of several historical periods.

In Stages of Desire, Kidd offers a new way of looking at the theater in Spain. Reviewing the work of playwrights from Juan del Encina to Luis Riaza, he suggests that desire constitutes a central element in a large number of Greco-Roman myths and shows how dramatists have exploited this to resituate ancient narratives within their own artistic and ideological horizons. Among the works he analyzes are Timoneda's Tragicomedia llamada Filomena, Castro's Dido y Eneas, and Unamuno's Fedra.

Kidd explores how seventeenth-century playwrights were constrained by the conventions of the newly formed national theater, and how in the twentieth century mythological desire was exploited by playwrights engaged in upsetting the melodramatic conventions of the entrenched bourgeois theater. He also examines the role of desire both in the demythification of prominent classical heroes during the Franco regime and in the cultural critique of institutionalized discrimination in the current democratic period.

Stages of Desire is an original and broad-ranging study that highlights both change and continuity in Spanish theater. By elegantly combining theory, literary history, and close textual analysis, Kidd demonstrates both the resilience of Greco-Roman myths and the continuing vitality of the Spanish stage.

Buy Stages of Desire: The Mythological Tradition in Classical and Contemporary Spanish Theater at Attic books in Nairobi Kenya.


Book details

  • Hardcover
  • 266 pages
  • English
  • 0271019123
  • 9780271019123

About Michael Kidd

michael kidd was Read More about Michael Kidd
ksh 700
Product available
Add to basket
Buy as gift
Hurry Up!Only 1 items left
Sold & Delivered by Atticbooks

Get it by Today 01 PM - 6 PM (For orders within Nairobi only )
Free delivery above KES 20000

Condition : Used Book This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and may be an ex library book

Email Twitter Instagram Facebook Whatsapp

People who bought this also bought