Staging the Spanish Golden Age: Translation and Performance

ISBN : 9780198819349

Kathleen Jeffs
272 Pages
164 x 238 mm
Pub date
Apr 2018
Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs
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In this volume, Kathleen Jeffs draws on first-hand experience of the Royal Shakespeare Company's rehearsal room for the 2004-05 Spanish Golden Age season to put forth a collaborative model for translating, rehearsing, and performing Spanish Golden Age drama. Building on the RSC season, the volume offers methodologies for translation and communication that can feed the creative processes of actors and directors, while maintaining an ethos of fidelity with regards to the original texts. It argues that collaboration between academics and theatre practitioners was instrumental in the success of the season and that the work carried out has repercussions for critical debate of Comedia.


1 Pre-Rehearsal Questions of Performance Tradition and Play-Selection
2 Rehearsal and Translation: Collaboration Strategies
3 Polymetric Verse on Stage in Translation
4 (Un)Familiar Faces, Places and Conflicts: Characterization in the Comedia
5 Metatheatrical Staging
6 The Impact of the RSC's Spanish Golden Age Season
Appendix A: Stages of Translation: Diana's Letter
Appendix B: Stages of Translation: Teodoro's Letter
Appendix C: Verse Charts
Appendix D: Mayors, Aldermen & Scribes in Cervantes (by Jack Sage)
Appendix E: Line Attribution in El perro del hortelano

About the author: 

Kathleen Jeffs is Assistant Professor at Gonzaga University. Previously, she served as Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on the AHRC-funded project Out of the Wings (www.outofthewings.org) for which she was based at the University of Oxford. The aim of the project is to create a virtual environment geared for theatre practitioners and educators to spark new performances of Spanish drama in English translation. Dr Jeffs's doctoral research took place within the context of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Spanish Golden Age Season in 2004-05, for which she served as rehearsal dramaturg. Prior to her move to Gonzaga, she lectured on Golden Age drama at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and taught an undergraduate drama course at the University of Sussex.

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