Reading for the Stage: Calderon and His Contemporaries - Coleccion Tamesis: Serie A, Monografias v.194 (Hardback)

by Isaac Benabu

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The focus of this book falls less on performance and more on how the playtext may be approached from a theatrical viewpoint. In the theatre, the playtext, addressed traditionally to the theatre professional rather than the average reader, is usually read by the company at an initial stage in the production of a play. The process by which this type of reading 'opens' the text differs from a literary reading of the text. The result of such an analysis gives new insights into the theatrical text and the playwright's coded directions as to how to translate its content from page to stage.The theoretical premises explored here may be applied as much to a reading of the plays of Calderon's European near-contemporaries as to Calderon and his contemporaries at the birth of the commercial theatre in seventeenth-century Spain: indeed, the book makes frequent reference to Shakespearean playtexts and their bibliography. Professor ISAAC BENABU teaches in the department of theatre studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.El enfoque de este libro se centra en la manera en que leemos el texto de una obra de teatro, con perspectiva teatral mas bien que literaria.En un ambiente teatral, el texto se dirige tradicionalmente a un lector del oficio, orientacion que "abre" el texto de manera distinta que cuando se lee como literatura. El metodo de analisis aqui presentado ofrece nuevas aproximaciones al texto teatral y ayuda a descifrar las acotaciones que el dramaturgo ha inscrito en el texto de manera implicita, las cuales permiten traducir el texto desde la pagina impresa a las tablas.Las premises teoricas que sirven de base pueden aplicarse tanto a las obras de los dramaturgos del Siglo de Oro como a las de sus contemporaneos europeos (Shakespeare, Moliere, Racine, etc.), ya que comparten entre si el honor de haber sido los que establecieron con mucho exito el teatro comercial en Europa. Isaac Benabu ocupa la catedra de teatro renacentista y es director del Departamento de Estudios Teatrales en la Universidad Hebrea de Jerusalen.

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