The Criminal Baroque
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270 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Monografías A

Series Vol. Number: 393

Imprint: Tamesis Books

The Criminal Baroque

Lawbreaking, Peacekeeping, and Theatricality in Early Modern Spain

by Ted L.L. Bergman

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A close examination of the representation of criminals in the understudied theatrical genres of the jácara and comedias de valentones.
Early Modern Spanish theatre is viewed by many scholars as entertaining propaganda that channelled the emotions and beliefs of the masses into mechanisms for social control. This book questions such an interpretation by examining the portrayal of criminal heroes on stage and public spectacles of law enforcement outside of the playhouse.

The book is structured in a way that moves between analyses of theatre, crime, and law enforcement while covering the intersections between these three phenomena. Through examples that range from dancing pimps to brawling kings, this study reveals that the propaganda power of early modern Spanish spectacle has been vastly overstated.
Introduction: What Is the Criminal Baroque?
The Theatrical Jácara and the Celebration of 'Desórdenes Públicos'
The Alguaciles as Theatrical Peacekeepers and Lawbreakers
The Criminal Leading Man as Brawler and Soldier
Criminality, Theatricality and Nobility, Part I: Corpus Christi Chaos in Seville
Criminality, Theatricality and Nobility, Part II: The Spectacular Fall of Don Rodrigo Calderón
Criminality and Kingship on Stage
Conclusion

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Title Details

270 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Monografías A

Series Vol. Number: 393

Imprint: Tamesis Books