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El castigo sin venganza (1631) is Lope de Vega's greatest tragedy. The play dramatises the story of the adulterous relationship between the beautiful Casandra, duchess of Ferrara, and her step-son, Federico, and the reaction of her husband, the duke, himself a flawed and ambiguous figure. The dramatist, at the height of his powers, re-works an earlier Italian short story to explore the complexities of human desire and the grim consequences of giving in to temptation.Aimed principally at undergraduates who are new to Spanish Golden Age drama, this edition includes a substantial commentary on the text, explanatory footnotes and a selected vocabulary. The introduction sets the play in its contexts - historical and dramatic - and focuses too on elements of the genre with which new readers might be unfamiliar: performance norms, the poetry of the play and the linguistic differences in Golden Age Spanish. The text itself is accompanied by explanatory footnotes, an in-depth commentary and a glossary of less common words, each of which is informed by up-to-date scholarship on the play from both Spain and the Anglophone world.While this edition of Lope's masterpiece will be of particular use to undergraduates coming to Golden Age drama for the first time, it will also appeal to students at higher levels, and admirers of Spanish Golden Age theatre.
Number of Pages: 223
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: European / Spanish + Portuguese
Series Title: Hispanic Texts
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr
Author: Lope de Vega Carpio
Street Date: December 1, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-2524
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