Tuesday & Thurssday: 11:00AM-12:15pm Victor Sierra-Matute
Image, word, spectacle: theater is one of the most comprehensive art forms, enveloping several other forms of art, including poetry, music, dance, and visual arts. This course will examine the interactions of verbal and visual forms of expression in Spanish theater from the fifteenth century to the present. The goal of this course is thus double. On the one hand, it will provide a survey of Spanish drama through the “ages” —pre-modern performances, medieval theater, the early modern comedia nueva [‘new comedy’], eighteenth-century neoclassical reformist drama, and experimental contemporary performances—. On the other hand, this course will interrogate the very concept of “stage” as artistic space. We will put into dialogue the writings of classical, medieval, early modern and modern dramatic preceptists —Plato, Aristotle, Lope de Vega, or Leandro Fernández de Moratín— with present-day criticism that consider the nature of theatricality, performance and spectacle. Readings will include works by Juan del Encina, Ana Caro de Maillén, Miguel de Cervantes, Calderón de la Barca, Ramón de la Cruz, Federico García Lorca, Angélica Liddell, Juan Mayorga and Silvia Albert Sopale, among others.