Pulling Strings: Puppets and Free Will on the Spanish Stage

Pulling Strings: Puppets and Free Will on the Spanish Stage <p>Abstract:</p><p>In the later seventeenth century, <i>máquina real</i> companies performed full-length religious plays in the <i>corrales de comedia</i> using puppets instead of human actors. Much of their repertoire consisted of <i>comedias de santos</i> affirming the sovereignty of free will. This essay explores the possible dissonance produced among early modern audiences who watched a puppet—seemingly a metonym for manipulation—insist on his free will. Through close reading of a diverse assortment of theatrical, theological, and political texts, I reconstruct the metaphorical meaning of <i>puppet</i>, which turns out to have curiously distinct resonances in the Catholic and Protestant traditions.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bulletin of the Comediantes Bulletin of the Comediantes

Pulling Strings: Puppets and Free Will on the Spanish Stage

Bulletin of the Comediantes, Volume 70 (2) – Jun 27, 2019

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<p>Abstract:</p><p>In the later seventeenth century, <i>máquina real</i> companies performed full-length religious plays in the <i>corrales de comedia</i> using puppets instead of human actors. Much of their repertoire consisted of <i>comedias de santos</i> affirming the sovereignty of free will. This essay explores the possible dissonance produced among early modern audiences who watched a puppet—seemingly a metonym for manipulation—insist on his free will. Through close reading of a diverse assortment of theatrical, theological, and political texts, I reconstruct the metaphorical meaning of <i>puppet</i>, which turns out to have curiously distinct resonances in the Catholic and Protestant traditions.</p>

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