Rural Revisions of Golden Age Drama work focuses on rural community versions of Spanish Early Modern Theatre and deals
with cultural heritage and the contemporary impact of Golden Age theatre on local
rural communities. Her book examines the burgeoning of annual rural Golden Age theatre
festivals that generate site-centered, non-professional productions of the plays,
and revisit the conflict between tradition and innovation, between popular and high
culture between authority of literary heritage and the people's right to the canon.
The selection of Early Modern plays set in actual Spanish communities - Fuenteovejuna, El Alcalde de Zalamea, Numancia and Los tres blasones de España - renders an overview of the effect of these important works on their respective
communities and focuses on the theatrical festivals as peripheral, subaltern, hybrid
The research involved crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries between literature, history, geography, and politics by centering on the appropriation and re-examination of a past that is continuously revised through contemporary performance, and which is adjusted to fit the needs and desires of the context in which it is interpreted. This diachronic approach allows for a new perspective on contemporary performances which question cultural politics, redefine tradition and transcend geo-political boundaries.
Congratulations to Elena on this significant achievement.
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