Lecture Series

Lope de Vega: His Life, His Work, His Time

23, 25 January 2018
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The Professor of Spanish Literature at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha and specialist in Spanish Literature of the Golden Age, Felipe B. Pedraza Jiménez will analyse the figure of the poet and playwright Lope de Vega (Madrid, 1562-1635). Dubbed the Phoenix of geniuses in acknowledgement of his prolific output —he claimed to have written over 1500 comedies, of which scholars have identified over 300 together with thousands of sonnets— he cultivated all the genres of his time, prose and verse, novels and epics, and stood out from his contemporaries in fame and popularity with a style of writing that often renders emotions and alludes to the author’s hectic life.

Of humble origins, he was a graduate of Alcalá, a soldier in the Invincible Armada, secretary of the Duke of Alba and a priest, among other professions, and especially enjoyed success as a writer of comedies. Lope de Vega obtained comprehensive praise from the audience of his time by combining the learned with the popular, sonnets with songs and ballads, plots about noblemen and about servants, and tragedy with comedy using tragicomedy, an innovative and polemic dramatic model that he argued in his treatise Arte nuevo de hacer comedias en este tiempo (1609).

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