Reviews113 The ponencias are summarized by Marc Vitse; he comments on the difficulty of formulating generalizations for material so varied. He remarks on the findings of some of the speakers that the theater was an enemy of the Establishment, while others had reached the opposite conclusion. One recalls that it was J. A. Maravall who some years ago stated that the Comedia was propaganda for the social, religious and political status quo; the affirmation induced students of the genre to investigate the matter with increased interest. It is perhaps surprising that Maravall is mentioned only by Maria Grazia Profeti. It is perhaps even more surprising that there is no mention of Bergson's classic Le Rire although ten of the thirteen ponencias were written by French scholars. To repeat, Risa y sociedad is stimulating, provocative and informative, deserving of an appreciative acceptance by students of the Comedia. Gerald E. Wade University of Tennessee MUJICA, BARBARA L. Calderón's Characters: An Existential Point of View. Barcelona: Pulvill-Editor, 1980. Paper. 350 pp. The purpose of Professor Mujica's stimulating book is to suggest that Calderón was in a sense a precursor of the modern existentialist playwrights and novelists, in particular, Sartre. Like those
Bulletin of the Comediantes – Bulletin of the Comediantes
Published: Jan 8, 1982
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