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Religious and Secular Theater in Golden Age Spain

Essays in Honor of Donald T. Dietz

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Edited By Susan Paun de García and Donald R. Larson

The essays in this book honor the seminal contributions to the field of early modern Spanish drama of Donald T. Dietz, who has devoted his career to the promotion of classical theater, not just as dramatic poetry but as vibrant performance art. Written by a variety of respected scholars and never before published, the twenty-two essays, organized into six sections, present a wide variety of interests, approaches, and methodologies, including ideological and theological exegesis, poetic analysis, cultural studies, and semiotics of theater. The first section reviews Dietz’s impact on the field of Comedia studies, where he played a critical role in moving the discussion from page to stage. The next two sections explore facets of religious theater, including autos sacramentales and comedias de santos, as well as religious aspects of secular theater. Essays from the other sections explore questions of reading and of staging classical theater, in the original Spanish, in English translation, and in adaptation for the stage and for radio, as well as theoretical and practical approaches to the pedagogy of performance. Specialists and students within and across many disciplines—theater history, comparative performance studies, literary studies—will find this collection both useful and illuminating.

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Abjection and Resistance in El retablo de las maravillas, Visiones de la muerte, and Las cortes de la muerte: Andrés Zambrano’s Tres obras cortas del Siglo de Oro (2011) (Christopher D. Gascón)

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Abjection and Resistance in El retablo de las maravillas, Visiones de la muerte, and Las cortes de la muerte

Andrés Zambrano’s Tres obras cortas del Siglo de Oro (2011)

Christopher D. Gascón

My generation of Golden Age scholars owes Don Dietz a debt of gratitude for all that he has done for the field. How fortunate we have been that he founded the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater and created a welcoming, congenial, and stimulating annual gathering that became for many of us a place that we could call home. Don’s warmth, energy, and passion for the study of Golden Age plays in performance has inspired scholarship, pedagogy, and performance for decades and has helped to ensure that the field of the Comedia in production will continue to grow in the future.

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