The Eighteenth-Century Theatre in Spain: A Bibliography of Criticism and Documentation

The Eighteenth-Century Theatre in Spain: A Bibliography of Criticism and Documentation

The Eighteenth-Century Theatre in Spain: A Bibliography of Criticism and Documentation

The Eighteenth-Century Theatre in Spain: A Bibliography of Criticism and Documentation


Previously published as a special issue of The Bulletin of Spanish Studies, The Eighteenth-Century Theatre in Spain is the second in a series of research bibliographies on the Theatre in Spain.

Representing ten years of searches and compilation by its specialist authors, this volume draws together data on more than 1,500 books, articles and documents concerned with Spanish eighteenth-century theatre. Studies of plays and playwrights are included as well as material dealing with theatres, actors and stagecraft. Wherever possible, items listed have been personally examined, and their library location in Britain, Spain or USA is provided.

Scholars with interests in drama will find in this single-volume work of reference a wealth of reliable information concerning this specialist field.


The product of ten years of research and compilation, The EighteenthCentury Theatre in Spain. a Bibliography of Criticism and Documentation has been accomplished as part of a major Project of Hispanic Research Bibliographies based at the University of Glasgow, which is being carried forward by an international team of specialists under the direction of Ann L. Mackenzie.

This present reference-volume is the second in a series of researchbibliographies on the theatre in Spain from its early medieval beginnings through to the present times. in accordance with criteria established for the series as a whole, the compilers have drawn together data on books, articles and documents relating to eighteenth-century drama in Spain both as literary and as performance genre, adding, where necessary, notes on purely factual matters. Collections and editions of dramatic texts have normally been excluded except for those that have been found to contain significant amounts of criticism or documentary information. Many studies of specific plays and playwrights are listed as well as material dealing critically and informatively with theatres, actors and stagecraft.

Both compilers have contributed equally to the work of searching out, scrutinizing and cataloguing the nearly two thousand four hundred items included. Copies of many items have been personally examined in the holdings of libraries in Britain, Spain and the United States, and in these cases their specific library locations are duly recorded. a significant number of entries concerning the more practical, technical and performance aspects of the theatre have derived from the hands-on investigations which Phillip Thomason conducted for his related project on the public theatres of Madrid in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. in gathering and correlating information, particularly on the more literary-based items listed, both compilers have benefited from the websites and networks which in this electronic age have greatly facilitated their access to the major holdings of libraries around the world. Thus, Phillip Thomason has depended especially on Melvyl which indexes the University of California/California State University systems, as well as on two extensive depositories of non-circulating volumes managed by the University of California system. Ceri Byrne has utilized especially, mainly through

1 This project has recently resulted in: Phillip B. Thomason, El Coliseo de la Cruz 1736–1860. Estudio y documentos (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Tamesis, 2005), 334 pp.

Issn 1475-3820 print/ISSN 1478-3428 online/05/07/0000ix-2 © Bulletin of Spanish Studies. doi 10.1080/1475382052000345326

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