Chocolate: How a New World Commodity Conquered Spanish Literature

By Erin Alice Cowling

© 2021

This collection of original new essays focuses on the many ways in which early modern Spanish plays engaged their audiences in a dialogue about abuse, injustice, and inequality. Far from the traditional monolithic view of theatrical works as tools for expanding ideology, these essays each recognize the power of theatre in reflecting on issues related to social justice. The first section of the book focuses on textual analysis, taking into account legal, feminist, and collective bargaining theory. The second section explores issues surrounding theatricality, performativity, and intellectual property laws through an analysis of contemporary adaptations. The final section reflects on social justice from the practitioners’ point of view, including actors and directors.

Social Justice in Spanish Golden Age Theatre reveals how adaptations of classical theatre portray social justice and how throughout history the writing and staging of comedias has been at the service of a wide range of political agendas.

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  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Illustrations: 5
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Chocolate traces representations of chocolate in Spanish literature and historical documents, providing a fascinating and worldly narrative about one of the most beloved foods of all time.

Chocolate: How a New World Commodity Conquered Spanish Literature

By Erin Alice Cowling

© 2021

This collection of original new essays focuses on the many ways in which early modern Spanish plays engaged their audiences in a dialogue about abuse, injustice, and inequality. Far from the traditional monolithic view of theatrical works as tools for expanding ideology, these essays each recognize the power of theatre in reflecting on issues related to social justice. The first section of the book focuses on textual analysis, taking into account legal, feminist, and collective bargaining theory. The second section explores issues surrounding theatricality, performativity, and intellectual property laws through an analysis of contemporary adaptations. The final section reflects on social justice from the practitioners’ point of view, including actors and directors.

Social Justice in Spanish Golden Age Theatre reveals how adaptations of classical theatre portray social justice and how throughout history the writing and staging of comedias has been at the service of a wide range of political agendas.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Illustrations: 5
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Focusing on current and past social justice issues, Social Justice in Spanish Golden Age Theatre is a highly original collection of essays dealing with a variety of Golden Age plays, as well as with the contemporary staging of these plays and with the artistic input of theatre directors and adapters. This volume effectively engages modern readers and spectators in issues that transcend pure speculation. The arguments presented are articulate, insightful, clear, and convincing. The analysis takes into consideration relevant and meaningful bibliographical sources on current social justice issues related to social class, gender, Native Americans, distributive/commutative justice, Moriscos, farm workers, and the enemy/other. In their analysis of works by Cervantes, Vélez de Guevara, Salas Barbadillo, Gaspar de Aguilar, Lope de Vega, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the authors of these critical essays shed new light on the ethical attitudes and thoughts of the aforementioned dramatists." 


    Manuel Delgado, Department of Spanish, Bucknell University

    "Social Justice in Spanish Golden Age Theatre is a very timely book, given recent push back among certain sectors of the population in terms of the social justice achievements made during the past 60 years. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of what used to be called Spanish ‘Golden Age’ theatre, as well as anyone working on pan-European early modern theatre or those interested more generally in social justice issues."


    Bruce Burningham, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Illinois State University
  • Author Information

    Erin Alice Cowling is an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Humanities at MacEwan University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations
    Preface

    1. Introduction 
    2. Pre-Columbian Conceptions of Chocolate 
    3. Encountering Chocolate: What Is It Good For? 
    4. Chocolate Covered Commerce: How Chocolate Came into Popularity in the Old World
    5. Chocolate in the Church: Ecclesiastical Debates on Chocolate and Fasting 
    6. Chocolate: A Prescription for Health?
    7. Sinfully Delicious: The Darker Side of Chocolate  
    8. Conclusion
    9. Epilogue: Chocolate Then and Chocolate Now 

    Appendix 
    Notes 
    Works Cited 
    Index

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