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Authors

Gregory Golden

Abstract

This work treats the three unities of classical theater, those of action, time and place, and examines how the great playwrights of the Spanish Golden Age used them in their dramas in a distinct manner in Western Europe of the time. While the French and the Italians insisted that the three unities were to always be respected, the Spanish adopted a much more fluid concept of their usage, maintaining that the unity of action was most important and that the other two could be ignored or modified if it served the purpose of the play and the playwright's purposes therein. Three Spanish dramas in particular are analyzed: El caballero de Olmedo by Lope de Vega, El perro del hortelano also by Lope, and El médico de su honra by Calderón.

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