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Dramas of Distinction: Plays by Golden Age Women

Teresa Scott Soufas.

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ISBN 10: 0813120101 / ISBN 13: 9780813120102
Published by University Press of Kentucky, 1997
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University of Kentucky Press, 1997. First edition, first printing. Hardbound. REVIEW COPY (with review slip). New in dust jacket. A perfect, unread, unopened copy. Bookseller Inventory # 7097

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Title: Dramas of Distinction: Plays by Golden Age ...

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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Edition: 1st Edition...

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Renaissance Europe was the scene of flourishing and innovative dramatic art, and seventeenth-century Spain enjoyed its own Golden Age of the stage. According to traditional studies of this period, however, men seemed to be the only participants. Now in Dramas of Distinction, Teresa Scott Soufas offers the first book-length critical study of five important women playwrights: Angela de Azevedo, Ana Caro Mallen de Soto, Leonor de la Cueva y Silva, Feliciana Enriquez de Guzman, and Marfa de Zayas y Sotomayor.

By locating the plays within their period, Soufas avoids universalizing women without regard to history. Her approach transcends the simple measurement of women authors against male models. Confronting the issue of female silence demanded by seventeenth-century Spanish patriarchy, Soufas compares the drive to limit and contain theater space to Renaissance society's efforts to limit and contain women. Yet these dramatists still found ways to question their own roles and male authority. Caro and Cueva investigate the difficult relationship between women and monarchy. Azevedo explores the ways Renaissance women become commodities in the marriage market. Cross-dressed women characters add carnivalesque implications to three plays in which gender identities are unstable. Finally, Enrfquez challenges the precepts of Lope de Vega's comedia nueva as she attempts to adhere to classical formal principles and reject the public playhouse.

As a companion to the recently published anthology Women's Acts, also edited by Soufas, this study significantly contributes not only to Hispanic studies but also to women's studies, Renaissance studies, and comparative literature.

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Teresa Scott Soufas is professor of Spanish and acting dean of the faculty of liberal arts and sciences at Tulane University.

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