Download full text
Download full text
ERIC Number: ED046271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Funcion del "Vulgo" en la Preception Dramatica de la Edad de Oro (The Function of the "Masses" in the Didactic Drama of the [Spanish] Golden Age).
Porqueras Mayo, A.; Sanchez Escribano, F.
Revista de Filologia Espanola, v50 n1-4 p123-143 1967
A concept of the masses, or populace, conveyed a positive connotation in both Biblical and Renaissance literature. During Spain's Golden Age (seventeenth century) writers, especially didactic dramatists, tended to register negative and prejudiced attitudes toward the common folk and to regard them as "masa inculta" or uncultured masses. Primarily, this attitude followed a literary tradition inherited from Latin writings and was a result of the influence of Vulgar Latin on Spanish. Such terms as "plebs", "turba", and "massa" were used to describe mobs, whereas literary Latin referred to these groups as "populus" and "gens," more positive terms. Other reasons for this air of superiority were that dramatists preferred to maintain a distance from their spectators, and playwrights claimed a deterioration in the quality of their audiences. Each author varied slightly in his interpretation of "vulgo", but almost all of them referred to the populace frequently in their works. Among the writers cited are Cervantes, Calderon, Lope de Vega, and Juan de la Cueva. Later writers such as Tirso de Molina, Ricardo de Turia, and Guillen de Castro reversed the tendency and respected and identified with the masses in their dramas. (DS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association of America, December 1967, in Chicago, Illinois