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Title: The signifying self : Cervantine drama as counter-perspective aesthetic
Author: Henry, M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 0870 0087
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis offers an evaluation of Miguel de Cervantes's Ocho comedias y ocho entremeses nuevos nunca representados (Madrid, 1615) with the aim of redressing the critical neglect suffered by Cervantine drama. Existing scholarship on the plays traditionally prioritises what Cervantes's theatre does or, indeed, does not do vis-a-vis the comedia nueva, especially, the dramatic art of Lope de Vega. This type of assessment is inevitably reductive, closing down rather than opening lines of enquiry. This study, while recognising and interrogating Cervantes's inter-textual dialogue with dominant dramatic trends, aims to move beyond anti- comedia objectives to identify what Cervantes's theatre promotes. As such, it engages with Cervantes's complex rind polyvalent representation of freedom; a theme which is considered to be a leitmotif of Cervantes's work, but which has received scant attention with regards to his theatre. Analysis of how freedom functions - as theme and as a key concept of a component symbolic system - is located within the broader context of the conflicted socio- cultural and political environment which characterised Baroque Spain and is explored in relation to the desengafio experienced by the seventeenth-century Spanish subject. Analysis of the theatrical strategies employed by Cervantes to highlight issues' of individuality broaches the writer's preoccupation with the manipulative and unlimited potential of , dramatic art as well as his appreciation of the difficult relationship between the individual and the early modem Spanish world. Investigation of Cervantes's rejection of established theatrical conventions establishes the playwright's stage as alternative and nonconformist; a seditious project which underscores the dramatist's own relationship with his craft. Ultimately, by taking into account aesthetic and ontological concerns, Cervantes's Ocho comedias emerge as a counter-perspective to early modern Spanish ideologies and conventional artistic imaginings. This thesis seeks to recuperate the drama on these terms, as a significant part of the Cervantine, and Golden-Age, canon.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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