Staging Marriage in Early Modern Spain: Conjugal Doctrine in by Gabriela Carrión

By Gabriela Carrión

Staging Marriage in Early glossy Spain examines chosen dramatic works the place the vicissitudes of matrimony play middle level. quite a few features of conjugal family together with courtship, divorce, and widowhood tackle specific relevance within the Spanish comedia in mild of the serious debates raging over the 'seventh sacrament' in early sleek Europe. The establishment of matrimony is topic to unheard of scrutiny in this interval and offers a wealthy resource of fabric for playwrights resembling Lope de Vega, Miguel de Cervantes, and Pedro Calderón de los angeles Barca. Taking the decrees on marriage of the Council of Trent (1563) as some degree of departure, Carrión examines the conjugal bond inside of a literary and historic framework, providing shut readings of dramatic works, non secular decrees, and ethical treatises the place the conjugal bond performs a significant position. She identifies in works comparable to Lope's Peribáñez y el Comendador de Ocaña, Cervantes' El juez de los divorcios, and Calderón's El medico de su honra the emergence of extra sleek views on marriage. one of many relevant questions this examine increases is the measure to which the dramatic works of early sleek Spain comply with the morality espoused by way of the treatises that outlined marriage on the time. whereas the tone of prescriptive discourses contrasts with the lyrical voices of the Spanish level, either exhibit a few inherent-and compelling-contradictions of their perspectives of the conjugal bond.

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