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Beyond Spain's Borders

Women Players in Early Modern National Theaters, 1st Edition

Edited by Anne J. Cruz, Maria Cristina Quintero


220 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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The prolific theatrical activity that abounded on the stages of early modern Europe demonstrates that drama was a genre that transcended national borders. The transnational character of early modern theater reflects the rich admixture of various dramatic traditions, such as Spain’s comedia and Italy’s commedia dell’arte, but also the transformations across cultures of Spanish novellas to French plays and English interludes. Of particular import to this study is the role that women and gender played in this cross-pollination of theatrical sources and practices. Contributors to the volume not only investigate the gendered effect of Spanish texts and literary types on English and French drama, they address the actual journeys of Spanish actresses to French theaters and of Italian actresses to the Spanish stage, while several emphasize the movement of royal women to various courts and their impact on theatrical activity in Spain and abroad. In their innovative focus on women’s participation and influence, the chapters in this volume illustrate the frequent yet little studied transnational and transcultural points of contact between Spanish theater and the national theaters of England, France, Austria, and Italy.  

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Introduction: Women Players in Early Modern National Theaters

Anne J. Cruz and María Cristina Quintero

Part I From Spain to the Transnational Stage

1 The Domestication of Melibea: Recasting Spanish Characters in Early English Drama

José María Pérez Fernández

2 Transnational Transformations of Zayas’s El castigo de la miseria in France and England

Susan Paun de García

3 To Conquer Paris: Spanish Actresses at the Court of Louis XIV (1660-1674)

Carmen Sanz Ayán

4 Spanish Plots and Spanish Stereotypes by Restoration Women Playwrights

Anne J. Cruz

5 "It´s a Spanish comedia, and therefore it's better than any other fête": Empress Margarita Teresa and Spanish Cultural Influence on the Imperial Court

Luis Tercero Casado

Part II Commedia and Court Crosscurrents

6 Influencing Gender Roles: The Commedia dell’Arte in Spain

Ana Fernández Valbuena

7 Royal Players: Habsburg Women, Border Crossings, and the Performance of Queenship

María Cristina Quintero

8 A Stage for Isabel of Borbón: From Paris to Aranjuez

Carmela Mattza

9 Spain, Italy, and France: Marie Louise of Savoy, the Princess of Ursins, and the Crosscurrents of Court Theater during the Spanish War of Succession (1701-1714)

José A. López Anguita

10 Isabel Farnese and the Sexual Politics of the Spanish Court Theater

Ignacio López Alemany

Notes on Contributors

About the Editors

Anne J. Cruz is Professor of Spanish and Cooper Fellow at the University of Miami, USA.

María Cristina Quintero is Professor of Spanish, Director of Comparative Literature and Codirector of Romance Languages at Bryn Mawr College, USA.

About the Series

Transculturalisms, 1400-1700

This series presents studies of the early modern contacts and exchanges among the states, polities and entrepreneurial organizations of Europe; Asia, including the Levant and East India/Indies; Africa; and the Americas. Books investigate travellers, merchants and cultural inventors, including explorers, mapmakers, artists and writers, as they operated in political, mercantile, sexual and linguistic economies. We encourage authors to reflect on their own methodologies in relation to issues and theories relevant to the study of transculturism/translation and transnationalism. We are particularly interested in work on and from the perspective of the Asians, Africans, and Americans involved in these interactions, and on such topics as:

-Material exchanges, including textiles, paper and printing, and technologies of knowledge

-Movements of bodies: embassies, voyagers, piracy, enslavement

-Travel writing: its purposes, practices, forms and effects on writing in other genres

-Belief systems: religions, philosophies, sciences

-Translations: verbal, artistic, philosophical

-Forms of transnational violence and its representations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRAMA / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
DRAMA / European / French
DRAMA / European / Spanish & Portuguese
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Spanish & Portuguese
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Women