Modern Spanish Dramatists: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

Modern Spanish Dramatists: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

Modern Spanish Dramatists: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

Modern Spanish Dramatists: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

Synopsis

Spanish drama, since the Golden Age, represents a united commitment to modernize, reformulate, and re-conceptualize the stage and the State. This reference includes alphabetically arranged entries on 33 Spanish dramatists from the eighteenth century to the present. Entries written by expert contributors provide biographical information; a discussion of works, themes, and dramaturgy; a survey of the playwright's critical reception; and primary and secondary bibliographies. An introductory essay discusses the history of Spanish drama since 1700s with significant, though sometimes contentious moments highlighting its road to aesthetic and cultural modernity. A general bibliography lists works for further reading and research.

Excerpt

Modern Spanish Dramatists contains entries on thirty-three dramatists who wrote from 1700 to 1999. When we began the present book, Spanish was fashionable and the language of choice in academe. Yet the existing sources and specialized studies circulated solely among subscribers to professional scholarly publications; materials in English needed to catch up with the enthusiastic and growing interest in the artistic creations of Spain and other countries. Of course, major dramatists are featured in dictionaries, and generally these same names are covered within studies that span the whole literary history of Spanish drama and literature. That realization and the small but increasing number of English translations of modern classics inspired us to make available to the contemporary English speaker a larger picture of the changing modern Spanish drama. Not to publish it on time offered others the opportunity to develop the idea in similar publications.

Each of the thirty-three entries is divided into the following sections: Biography, Dramaturgy: Major Works and Themes, Critics’ Response, Awards and Distinctions, Notes (where applicable), and Bibliography. Dramaturgy contains evaluative and analytical commentary on the literary and historical contexts; the principal texts; dominant themes, structure, styles, and techniques; edition(s), date(s) of publication, staging(s), and opening night performance, if recorded; and reception of the play. Critics’ Response examines the scholarship and critical interpretations the plays have elicited, including the contributor’s original analysis and interpretation of one major play. The Bibliography at the end of each entry lists the major short and full-length plays, well-received editions and translations, and the central books and articles on the specific dramatist and on the major play chosen by each contributing author. The General Bibliography, Index, and About the Contributors sections conclude the book.

The entries in Modern Spanish Dramatists follow an alphabetical format. Our scope and format facilitate the appreciation of each author and his or her art. Both the scope and format help to sketch a larger image of the authors, their writings, and the stage than the one portrayed in existing English-oriented

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