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Lust’s Dominion; or, the Lascivious Queen / El dominio de la lujuria, o, la reina lasciva (ca. 1598-1600), by/de Thomas Dekker, John Marston, John Day, William Haughton

A critical and annotated edition and translation into Spanish/Edición crítica y anotada y traducción al español


Edited By Primavera Cuder and Jesús López-Peláez Casellas

This scholarly edition of Thomas Dekker, John Marston, John Day, and William Haughton’s Lust’s Dominion; or, the Lascivious Queen (ca. 1598-1600) is the first in half a century and the first ever translation into Spanish. The comprehensive introduction in English and Spanish examines the contexts of the play addressing such topics as ethnicity and alterity, Anglo-Spanish relations and the roles of women.

La presente edición de El dominio de la lujuria, o, la reina lasciva (ca. 1598-1600) de Thomas Dekker, John Marston, John Day y William Haughton incluye la primera traducción jamás realizada al español además de la primera edición crítica en inglés en medio siglo. Una extensa introducción presenta los contextos de la obra en detalle, estudiando aspectos tales como la alteridad, los roles de la mujer y las relaciones anglo-españolas en la época.

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Lust’s Dominion; or, the Lascivious Queen1 is an English early modern play boasting both disputed authorship and an uncertain date of composition. However, it is of great relevance for the understanding of the English and Spanish early modern period. It is with almost absolute certainty a collaborative work in which as many as five different playwrights may have had a hand. The process of composition has been a complex one, and we have identified four moments in which a different version of the play may have been produced, published and/or staged, namely and as we will show: 1580–1590, 1599, 1599–1600 and 1657. This complex and somewhat confusing textual evolution, together with what we could call an escalation of significant dramatic texts from this period (1580 to 1660), have interfered in the reception and appreciation of the play, which has been practically ignored (or discarded as a minor work) by critics and scholars until recently.

As a consequence of the apparition of cultural materialism and new historicism, which introduced a new way of reading and interpreting early modern texts, Lust’s Dominion has of late started to receive some scholarly interest. Post-structuralist approaches (together with these aforementioned cultural materialist and new historicist reading practices, namely: postcolonial studies, feminist criticism, or cultural semiotics), fostered a new approach to texts from the early modern period that privileged the analysis of elements which had previously been neglected: the presence of discourses of power and subordination, or the intersection of...

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