Ottawa Hispanic Series Ottawa: Dovehouse Editions, Each is briefly analyzed in the light of theories concerning irony examined in the introduction. The final chapter relates the concept ofirony to drama in general, then to the comedia in particular, then draws conclusions concerning Tirso's use ofirony as a defining element in his theater.
The first chapter gives a well-researched chronological overview ofdefinitions of irony in literature, both as a linguistic tool and as a philosophical "irony-as-world-view. In the comedies, these include playwithin -a-play, characters who theatricalize themselves and their problems, overt references to theatricality, and the doubling and inversion ofthe role- Reviews65 play or disguise convention.
In the analysis of the comedies, each of these varied ironic structures is shown to have the effect of creating another layer of illusion, while breaking the theatrical illusion. This, in turn, reminds the audience ofthe artificiality ofthe theatrical experience, and thus returns the viewers to a social reality wherein they must decide for themselves the truth or fiction of what they are viewing. In El Aquiles, not only does the hero's disguise as a woman invert the woman-dressed-as-a-man convention, the whole drama becomes a comic demythologizing of the ur-drama, the epic story of a hero.
Albrecht 's reading ofMarta la piadosa is, in this reviewer's opinion, the most original of the analyses. This comedy turns on the old "unsuitability-of-the suitor" convention, but makes of the protagonist not only a comic heroine, but an object of satiric irony. The play therefore illustrates the critical vein in Tirso's dramaturgy while demonstrating a satiric subgenre ofcomedy.
It is Albrecht's opinion that "Tirso incorporated more irony in tragedy after he mastered its use in comedy. The most Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
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