Monarchy, Political Culture, and Drama in Seventeenth-century Madrid: Theater of Negotiation

Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - 175 Seiten
In early modern Spain, theater reached the height of its popularity during the same decades in which Spanish monarchs were striving to consolidate their power. Jodi Campbell uses the dramatic production of seventeenth-century Madrid to understand how ordinary Spaniards perceived the political developments of this period. Through a study of thirty-three plays by four of the most popular playwrights of Madrid (Pedro Caldern de la Barca, Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, Juan de Matos Fragoso, and Juan Bautista Diamante), Campbell analyzes portrayals of kingship during what is traditionally considered to be the age of absolutism and highlights the differences between the image of kingship cultivated by the monarchy and that presented on Spanish stages. A surprising number of plays performed and published in Madrid in the seventeenth century, Campbell shows, featured themes about kingship: debates over the qualities that make a good king,

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The World of the Stage
Competing Ideals of Kingship
Evaluations of the Practice of Kingship
The Curtain Falls

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Seite 159 - Power and Propaganda in the Spain of Philip IV," Spain and Its World 1500-1700 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989), pp.

Über den Autor (2006)

Jodi Campbell is Associate Professor of Early Modern European History at Texas Christian University, USA.

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