El Muerto Disimulado / Presumed Dead: Ângela de Azevedo (Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics) (Paperback)

El Muerto Disimulado / Presumed Dead: Ângela de Azevedo (Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics) By Ângela de Azevedo, Valerie Hegstrom, Catherine Larson (Translator) Cover Image
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The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender awarded this work the Prize for the Best Translated Edition of a Work on Women and Gender, 2018.

Valerie Hegstrom and Catherine Larson have created an annotated new edition and first-ever translation of ngela de Azevedo's vibrant comedy, El muerto disimulado / Presumed Dead, to promote the recuperation of early modern plays authored by women. The book contains a comprehensive introduction that describes Spanish theater in its Golden Age, what is known of the author's life and times, contemporary stagings, and an extensive analysis of the text.

Although the playwright penned her work in Spanish, the Portuguese Azevedo set the action in Lisbon, creating in the process an abundance of multicultural allusions that enrich the text's baroque quality. The story unfolds as a cross between a jilted-lover scenario and a whodunit murder mystery. A woman laments her departed lover, a sister cross-dresses to avenge her murdered brother, a man duels with his cousin over lost honor, and before long, the dead man turns up as a ghost, or a bar maid, or a female peddler. Questions about identity abound in the witty El muerto disimulado / Presumed Dead. The transnational nature of this clever comedy complicates meanings, often producing bilingual wordplay that underscores the self-conscious, gender-bending, ludic character of the play and of theater in general. Azevedo highlights her ability to cross linguistic and geographic borders in the early modern period, as she simultaneously works within and offers a challenge to the dominant tradition of the Spanish Comedia.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781786940728
ISBN-10: 1786940728
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication Date: January 25th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics