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Spanish Golden Age in English, The  

Perspectives on Performance

Spanish Golden Age in English, The $44.45 ex GST
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The Spanish Golden Age was a period of flourishing in arts and literature, and in particular of drama, coinciding with the political decline and fall of the Habsburgs. This term does not generally imply any great precision about dates, but it begins no earlier than 1492, ending with the death of the last great writer of the period, Pedro Calderon de la Barca, in 1681.

In 2003 the RSC produced a season of Spanish Golden Age plays, including classics such as The Dog in the Manger, House of Desires and Pedro, the Great Pretender establishing an innovative working process that laid emphasis on the plays as pieces of theatre, dynamic and alive, and on the principle of respect for the plays’ historical contexts.

The essays in this book, written by some of the world’s foremost scholars of the Spanish Golden Age, explore some of the many issues that arose from this season and the complex nature of translating and staging plays from the Spanish Golden Age on the English-speaking stage.

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-815-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


CATHERINE BOYLE is Reader in Latin-American Cultural Studies at Kings College London (University of London). Her doctoral thesis (1987) was a study of theatre production during the Pinochet regime, and Chilean Theater, 1973-1985. She is a co-founder and editor of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesía and has published widely on Latin American theatre as well as working with professional theatre companies in the translation and production of Spanish and Spanish American drama. She was academic advisor to the Royal Shakespeare Company for their season ‘ The Spanish Golden Age’ (2004-5), and prepared the stage version of The House of Desires by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Mexico), which opened to critical acclaim in London's West End.

DAVID JOHNSTON is a playwright. He translated/adapted The Dog in the Manger by Lope de Vega for the RSC Spanish Golden Age season.