The Spanish Stage in the Time of Lope de Vega

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CHAPTER VI

Costumes. Their impropriety. Their magnificence. Costumes in the autos sacramentos. Performances in the public theaters. Prices of admission. The audiences. The mosqueteros. Women in the cazuela. Ruffianism in the theaters. Seats in the corrales.

As there was little thought of verisimilitude in the stage setting, so, as regards the costumes worn by the players, there was no pretense to historical accuracy. All characters appeared in the Spanish costume of the time. This is due to a peculiarity -- shared in a measure by the drama of other nations at the time (particularly the English), but eminently characteristic of the Spanish drama -- that is, the tendency to translate everything which it represents into the present and actual in which it moves: that the remotest past and the strangest occurrences are transformed into the national usages and customs, and that what is most foreign is changed, as it were, to something essentially Spanish. The single exception was in the case of plays founded upon Spanish history or legend, -- here only an attempt was made to reproduce the spirit of a bygone age.1

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"Ein ganz eigenthümlicher, nirgends in gleicher Stärke hervortretender Zug der spenischen Comödie nun besteht darin, dasz sie in Allem, was sie vorführt, sich die nächste Gegenwart und Umgebung, in der sie selbst lebt, abspiegeln läszt: dasz sie die fernste Vorzeit, die fremdeste Begebenheit in die heimische Sitte und Gewohnheit hinüberzieht und selbst das Entlegenste durch Umwandlung gleichsam zum spanischen Nationalgut macht. Gewisz ist diese Art, die Gegenwart zur Grundlage der Darstellung zu machen, die einzige, wie ein wahres Nationalschauspiel entstehen kann. Denn das Drama, das vor allem auf lebhafte Anregung seiner Zuhörerschaft bedacht sein musz, wird durch alles Entlegene, nicht unmittelbar Verständliche in seiner lebendigen Wirkung beeinträchtigt, und vermag die Begebenheiten

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Chapter I 3
  • Chapter II 26
  • Chapter III 47
  • Chapter IV 62
  • Chapter V 76
  • Chapter VI 104
  • Chapter VII 137
  • Chapter VIII 159
  • Chapter IX 181
  • Chapter X 206
  • Chapter XI 229
  • Chapter XII 252
  • Chapter XIII 274
  • Chapter XIV 297
  • Chapter XV 322
  • Appendix 343
  • Appendix A - Representations in the Corrales of Madrid, 1579-1602. (from an Article by Sr. Pérez Pastor, in the Bulletin Hispanique (1906).) 345
  • Appendix B 357
  • Appendix C 360
  • Index 381
  • Addenda Et Corrigenda 403
  • List Of Spanish Actors And Actresses 1560-1680 407
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