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dc.contributor.authorWise, Carl Austin
dc.description.abstractPrivanza, a political institution in which the monarch relinquishes his authority to a favorite, brings the concept of subjectivity to the forefront in seventeenth-century Spain by introducing questions of manipulation, control, and self-representation. Using theater as means of exploring political favoritism, seventeenth-century playwrights Lope de Vega and Antonio Mira de Amescua present privanza as a test against a king’s ability to maintain his autonomy against an institution which, it was thought, owed its very existence to a courtier’s ability to manipulate the monarch into submission. Lope and Mira internalize this struggle and offer scenarios in which the kings voluntarily hand themselves over to bondage. By presenting a series of week kings who allow their voluntades to become enslaved, the playwrights suggest that the monarch’s true power emanates from his ability to recognize and to control his internal self. Privanza, however, proves to be a constant danger to a king’s efforts to realize this potential, and offers example after example of kings who fail to enforce their own autonomy.
dc.subjectRoyal Favorite
dc.subjectAntonio Mira de Amescua
dc.subjectSpanish Drama
dc.subjectComedia nueva
dc.subjectGolden Age Spanish Theater
dc.subjectBernardo de Cabrera
dc.subjectCarvajal Brothers
dc.subjectAlvaro de Luna
dc.subjectRodrigo Calderón
dc.subjectLope de Vega
dc.subjectSeventeenth-Century Spanish Theater
dc.titleShadow of the king
dc.title.alternativeprivanza and perceptions of royal power in seventeenth-century Spanish theater
dc.description.departmentRomance Languages
dc.description.majorRomance Languages
dc.description.advisorElizabeth Wright
dc.description.committeeElizabeth Wright
dc.description.committeeNicolás Lucero
dc.description.committeeDana Bultman

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