THE 205 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Juana Inés De La Cruz, Pedro Calderón De La Barca, Teatro De La Cruz

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Dealt with the conflict between love and honor-- the soup of the judeo-christian cultures. Secular plays written on demand for hte court. The only writer to have plays performed in madrid from 1647-1681. First permanent theatre was corral de la cruz (1579) Spoken decor-- actor speaks about what the decoration is. Paid by the day for highly skilled specific work. Make the audience feel, not the actor himself. Raised the status of actors in spain. Women licensed to appear on the stage in 1587. By 1599 a woman could be a member of the company. Only if a husband, brother, or father would protect her. Guilds perform bible stories on pageant wagons. First major literary work written in modern vernacular. Revived interest in the ideals of the classical era. Trying to create the renaissance man (davinci) Rulers of small city-states vie for power. Man has a great measure of free will.

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