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Spain's Golden Age: Honor & Theatre

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Brogan Adams

on 8 December 2014

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Transcript of Spain's Golden Age: Honor & Theatre

Flourishing of the arts & literature

Art/Painting & Music extremely successful and influential.

Famous plays of Lope de Vega and other playwrights came out of this time period.

End of Siglo de Oro
Lasted over a century, but no clear end.
Death of Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Golden Age
-Siglo de Oro-
Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Death considered end of golden age
Further developed Vega's legacy
Wrote plays, auto sacramentales, and short comedic works
Life is a Dream
Angela de Azevedo
El muerto disimulado
Published 3 plays
Works being rediscovered
Lope de Vega
Known for writing plays, sonnets, novels, novellas, and epic poems
Often used history and themes of love and honor
Brogan Adams, Kaylah Dixon, Michael Gaudio
Siglo de Oro: Honor & Theatre
Contemporary Relevance
Role of Honor
Right vs. Wrong
Began with Muslim rule of Spain
Theatre was a metaphor for life
Praised for honorable behavior and shamed for dishonorable behavior
Often expressed through reputations
Value in chastity
It is debated whether the Spanish code of honor is in line with Christian morality or not
Theme of honor is less central, but continued today
The code of honor has been redefined to fit the values of modern society
Spanish culture in the Golden Age valued honor in all of its forms whether it be in regards to family, workplace, administration, governmental, and other related areas. Naturally, because honor was such an imperative part of society this was reflected in the playwright’s works of the time. The incorporation of honor is a central theme in many of Spanish Golden age plays, and even hinted at in contemporary Spanish works as well.





Norton Anthology of Drama, Volume 1

Gordon College, Prof. Jeff Miller, Theatre History I

Gordon College, Dr. Pilar Perez

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