The Art of Humour in the Teatro Breve and Comedias of Caldera3n de La Barca
by Ted L L Bergman (9781855660960)

The Art of Humour in the Teatro Breve and Comedias of Caldera3n de La Barca
Ted L L Bergman
Release Date: 10 December 1270
Format: Hardback
Pages: 249
Language: Spanish
Category: Continental European
Publisher: Tamesis Books
ISBN: 9781855660960
ISBN-10: 1855660962

Contrary to popular belief, Pedro CalderAAA1/2n de la Barca had a sense of humour. This book examines the integral and often essential use of humour in his works, looking beyond his persistent reputation as a dour and dogmatic representative of the Spanish canon. CalderAAA1/2n's teatro breve (featuring mojigangas, entremeses and jAAA1/2caras) thrives on comic techniques and situations that poke fun at everything and everybody, from aspiring nobility to people facing execution; and he parodies and satirizes genres and themes such as the auto sacramental or the infamous 'honour code'. His irreverence and desire for the audience's laughter are not just expressed in his teatro breve: the very same humorous techniques and situations, and even entire small works themselves, are found in his comedias, blurring and often eliminating the distinction between 'major' and 'minor' genres. CalderAAA1/2n proves that the 'complementary' teatro breve need not live a separate existence, and that its presence within the comedia itself offers untold opportunities for novelty, diversion and criticism. By turning jokes into a dramatic art form and vice versa, CalderAAA1/2n has much to teach us about the presence, role and functioning of humour in all of Spanish Golden Age theatre. TED L.L. BERGMAN is Professor of Spanish Language and Culture, Soka University of America. Al contrario de lo que generalmente se cree, Pedro CalderAAA1/2n de la Barca tenAAA1/2a un sentido de humor. Esta monografAAA1/2a analiza el papel integral y muchas veces esencial desempeAAA1/2ado por el humor en las obras de CalderAAA1/2n. Su teatro breve, por ejemplo, se deleita en tAAA1/2cnicas humorAAA1/2sticas y situaciones cAAA1/2micas en las que se burla de todos y de todo, desde los pordioseros hasta los condenados a muerte. Incluso satiriza y parodia gAAA1/2neros tales como el auto sacramental y temas como el cAAA1/2digo de honor. Pero la irreverencia de CalderAAA1/2n y su deseo de hacerle reAAA1/2r al pAAA1/2blico no se limita a su teatro breve; en efecto las mismas tAAA1/2cnicas y situaciones cAAA1/2micas - y hasta la totalidad de una obra breve - se incluyen tambiAAA1/2n en las comedias. La destreza demostrada por CalderAAA1/2n al convertir los chistes en una obra de arte nos obliga a considerar de nuevo el uso del humor en el teatro del Siglo de Oro.

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