As befits an entremés, the plot of El retablo de las maravillas is simple. Two swindlers, the man Chanfalla and the woman Chirinos, persuade the authorities of a. The Governor, and his city officials, Petra. Capacho, Juana Castrada, and Benita. Repollo happen upon Chirinos and. Chanfalla. Chanfalla introduces herself as. Cervantes-Entremés de El retablo de las – Download as PDF File ( .pdf) or view presentation slides online.

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However, in this case, a veritable chink in the social armor is revealed in the form of the question of honor—”la negra honrilla” —and the widespread fear of being considered illegitimate or of an impure line- age—”dos tan usadas enfermedades” —opens the enttremes to chicanery.

Se In Effect Dismiss. Log In Sign Up. The novelized interludes of Cervantes, in short, may have become too autonomous to succeed as a form subordinate to the conventional full-length drama. As part of the lad outreach effort that Chamizal National Memorial provides to accompany the Festival main stage performances each year, Eden Enterprises will have presented a performance for educators during the Siglo de Oro Festival Teacher Workshop and ten performances for students both at their schools and in the Chamizal National Memorial Theater.

This original entremes will be performed in Spanish. The spectators of the play within the play are thus given the illusory tools of legitimacy which will enable them to see the non-existent marvels and to examine their own questionable consciences.

Three Entremeses Cervantinos

These works were usually written independently of the full-length play and were not meant to tie in with that story. The same attitudes and thought processes that formed Cervantes’ creative genius should logically influence both his prose and theatrical texts. Such irony generates much of netremes humor in these works; the audience or reader can laugh at the foolishness of the characters as they walk readily into their respective traps, seeming at once to be both gullible and deserving of their impending fate.

Both forms are, by definition, short.

The postmodern notion of “social imaginary,” a term coined by Greek-French thinker Cornelius Castoriadis, is a rather alluring concept through which we may approach Cervantes’s interludes in general, and the Retablo in particular, since it not only ties in with play and illusion, but also at the heart of this idea lies the sense of self- creation by a community: Madrid, Gredos in Spanish. Don Quijote and the Novelas ejemplares show his interest in experimentation and the exploration of the unlimited possibilities of narrative fiction.

Entremes. El Retablo de Las Maravillas. [In Verse. By L. Quiñones de – RETABLO. – Google Books

Friedman has also pointed out this objective in Cervantes’s dramaturgy: As will be discussed later, characters are drawn almost exclusively according to stereotypical stock-figures, plots consist of one singular action, and the elucidation of thematic meaning is dntremes non-existent.


Don Quijote de la Mancha. Whereas most of the novelized drama written after Cervantes particularly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has remained in the theatre as texts for performance, Cervantes’ drama made its first appearance in print, as a text for reading.

Moreover, publication allows the interludes to be examined separately, free from the restraints of their position within the comediaso they can be seen maravvillas what they are individually. The extent of Cervantes’ influence on the dramatic form itself is limited to the borrowing of only his most basic of plot elements, and sometimes characters, by those who later worked the genre into its definitive form. The Governor and his aldermen want to be seen as good cristianos viejosOld Christians of pure blood, untainted by any Jewish or Muslim origin.

The open-endedness may also help explain why Cervantes’ drama has enjoyed relative success in the twentieth century, when one-act plays are either performed as independent, autonomous works or nearly always retablp by an intermission if a series of one-acts is presented as part of one program. If the novella and the interlude as understood by Cervantes are so closely related, then it logically follows that the master of the Spanish novella would also have much to contribute to the realm of short drama.

As a result of changes in these internal components, Cervantes’ interludes resemble works of prose fiction in certain ways and depart radically from the accepted drama of the time.

Although not performed in his lifetime, the eight entremeses one-act plays Cervantes published have received plenty of critical attention in the 20th century. Even when Cervantes chooses to include traditional, stereotyped characters in his works, he modifies them slightly, often using the type as an agent of novelistic theme. It follows that since Cervantes was one of the first to master novelistic discourse in his prose writing, and, indeed, introduced the western world to the marqvillas novel, his drama would also display a certain novelistic quality.

Contact the Park Mailing Address: Entreme interludes violate this essential simplicity, breaking the conventions which ensure their successful consumption by the mass audience.

As in Cueva and Juez, marriage is depicted in this piece as both play and war agona sense of this sacramental con- tract also pointed out by Huizinga in his study on play: As the interlude begins with the new prank devised to be played “esta vez”we are led to expect Cristina’s retaliation beyond our frame of vision.

Perhaps Cervantes’ Comedias y entremeses continued to be received as reading texts, just like his prose work, throughout the remainder of the seventeenth century and therefore did not influence dramatic composition any more than his other works of non-dramatic nature.

In light of this critical stance, and despite the caution necessary for reading Cervantes’s prologue, I suggest that we keep in mind the author’s following claim: Consequently, aspects of novelization can begin to manifest themselves in other genres anytime after the appearance of the modern novel, but they do not reach a significant level of importance -or canonical recognition- until much later.



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Thrown into the role of puppeteer, with an audience prepared to behold the marvelous spectacle, the student, by manipulating the function of superstition in the social maravills, now brings the devils out in the form of the sexton and the barber, their faces blackened by the coal.

The information contained within the theatrical piece must be understandable to the one-time theatre-goer, and a series of redundant theatrical codes helps the audience to process the information correctly. Cristina quickly takes up this game and plays it with him: Ironically, despite these minor contributions to future entremesistasit was Maravilals non-dramatic work which provided the most sources for theatrical imitations by other dramatists in the seventeenth century Huizinga’s “limitedness” of play is taken a step further by Victor Turner, who discusses play and ritual as “liminality”: Yet this must not prevent us maracillas reading these works as pieces of theatre composed originally for the stage.

With a story that will remind some sntremes The Emperor’s New Clothes, this piece seems to have been influenced by that culture as two swindlers try to convince the townspeople that only people with pure Christian blood can see what they have to offer.

Since indeterminacy requires the collaboration of the audience to provide closure, this would be acceptable lad the conclusion of a play, but would be problematic in the middle. By incorporating in his interludes the serious treatment of theme and interiorization of character generally associated with novelistic prose, Cervantes anticipated a movement which would not affect the performed drama of the canon for more than one hundred years after the appearance of his Ocho comedias y ocho entremeses.

This is not to say that the interludes are more similar to novels in dialogue than to theatre, but rather that their novelistic elements include a greater development of the sketchy plots and character-types normally found in conventional interludes. Cervantes’ interludes, in contrast, are more complex and indeterminate. In addition, he was able to draft a prologue as an explanation of his plays’ appearance in print and to direct the reader’s understanding of the dramatic texts that followed.

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The dramatic text must be conceived with all of these elements in mind, since each one is an essential component which contributes as much to the overall understanding of the work as does the written text.