SPANISH 468 - Performance in the Hispanic World
Section: 001 Teatro espanol contemporaneo
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Nine credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399; or two RCLANG 324 and six credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Theatre is the most sensitive literary genre to market forces. Other genres such as narrative or poetry simply require a printing press and a publishing company willing to pay for it. Theatre producers, however, need to make a substantially more important financial investment before the cast is ready to start performing and they do so expecting to make that investment pay off once the theatre doors open. In other words, they expect and need an audience for the play they are sponsoring. This fact places theatre clearly under the market conditions of supply and demand: a play will be performed only if there is a public to make it financial viable. It is in this context that José Monleón (1975), speaking of the theatre at the turn of the 19th century into the 20th century, shifted power from playwrights to audiences and said that Spanish theatre had been what the public had wanted it to be.

In this course, we will use that premise to look at Spanish theatre of the turn of the 20th to the 21st century and try to answer questions such as: Are contemporary audiences shaping theatre productions in the same way that they were shaped 100 years ago? If so, what kinds of productions are being favored and why? If not, what other forces are shaping theatre productions in contemporary Spain?

Readings will include plays by Fermín Cabal, José Sanchís Sinisterra, Sergi Belbel, María Manuela Reina o Juan Diego Botto among others as well as contemporary theatre reviews of their work.

This course counts as literature credit toward the Spanish minor.

SPANISH 468 - Performance in the Hispanic World
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001 (REC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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