This book provides an in-depth examination and analysis of the film and television adaptations of Lope de Vega’s theatrical dramas that have appeared on Spanish screens since the mid-twentieth century. Using a multidisciplinary approach, Allen draws on critical media literacy studies, film and adaptation studies, literary theory, cultural studies, and cultural historiography in his analysis. Allen argues that, given the problematic reception of Lope’s works in Francoist Spain, the canonical author never held a privileged position in the dictatorial propaganda machine. In fact, adaptations of Lope’s theater productions were subject to the same rigorous scrutiny, if not more, than any other screenplays that landed under censorship’s microscope. Allen analyzes adaptations produced during and after the nearly forty-year dictatorship and questions whether the adaptors of the democratic era created films and television shows that can sufficiently demonstrate how the spirit of Lope’s life and works can resonate with modern audiences. Scholars of film and television studies, adaptation studies, and history will find this book particularly useful.
Philip Allen is assistant professor of Spanish at Midwestern State University in Texas.
Introduction: Out of the Ashes: Lope de Vega and Modern Media
Chapter 1: Unlucky Stars: The Dictatorship’s Forbidden Films
Chapter 2: Despots and Dictators: Lope on TV and Film During the Dictatorship (1949-1975)
Chapter 3: Lope’s Leading Ladies: Adaptations for the Democratic Era (1976-2020)
Chapter 4: The Phoenix Regenerated (1935-2018)
Conclusions: The Shadow of the Phoenix