The Plays of Juan Ruiz de Alarcón

November 2003
220 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855660939
Format: Hardback
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The Plays of Juan Ruiz de Alarcón

Jules Whicker

Alarcón defends the comedia against criticsm through his definition of illusion as a moral art - a stance evident in his plays.
The plays of Ruiz de Alarcón, a significant dramatist in the Spanish Golden Age, show in many of their plots a preoccupation with deception, which Whicker believes reflects Alarcón's fundamental concern about truth-telling in literature. His study of Alarcón's comedias stresses the seriousness and moral orthodoxy of the playwright and his concern with how simulation and dissimulation can be viewed both positively and negatively in theatre as well as in life. In support of his argument for the seriousness of Alarcón's theatre - his challenge to his audience to think hard and clear about his play, particularly over the issue of illusion, deception and dissimulation - Whicker focuses on the moral arguments perceived in Alarcón's theatre, and their reference to serious literary-moral issues current in the Golden Age; he tests the relevance of his argument against contemporary circumstances, the ethics of privanza in particular.

JULES WHICKER lectures in the department of Hispanic studies, University of Birmingham.

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A rounded exploration of the author and his works that discusses many issues of the time including the morality of Golden Age theatre. Whicker emphasises Alarcón's wit and affinity with language and readers will find that their knowledge and enjoyment of all his works has been enhanced. THE BULLETIN
A timely and significant contribution to Alarcon studies. [...] This book reveals an extraordinary erudition and the fertility of Golden Age studies at the moment. MLR

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