Javier Lorenzo



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Spanish poet, playwright, and novelist Félix Lope de Vega (1562–1635) was a key figure of Golden Age Spanish literature, second only in stature to Cervantes, and is considered the founder of Spain’s classical theater. In this rich and informative study, Javier Lorenzo investigates the symbolic use of space in Lope’s drama and its function as an ideological tool to promote an imagined Spanish national past. In specific plays, this book argues, historical landscapes and settings were used to foretell and legitimize the imperial present in Hapsburg Spain, allowing audiences to visualize and plot, as on a map, the country’s expansionist trajectory throughout the centuries. By focusing on connections among space, drama, and empire, this book makes an important contribution to the study of literature and imperialism in early modern Spain and equally to our understanding of the role and political significance of spatiality in Siglo de Oro comedia.


Lope de Vega, imperialization, imperialsim, imperial literature, Metatheatricality, Lopian, Comedia, comedias historiales, comedia nueva, El mejor alcalde, el rey, Las famosas asturianas, Las paces de los reyes y judía de Toledo, Los guanches de Tenerife y conquista de Canaria, Giuliano Dati, Domenico Fontana, Abraham Ortelius, Theodor Galle, Hernando de Soto, Miguel de Cervantes, Spain, early modern Spain, imperial Spain, theater, Spanish theater, teatro español, corrales de comedias, Siglo de Oro, Spanish Golden Age, El teatro del Siglo de Oro, Golden Age Theater


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Space, Drama, and Empire: Mapping the Past in Lope de Vega's Comedia