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617. Spanish Literature in the Opera House: The Ideologies and Aesthetics of Adaptation

Saturday, 5 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 208, Hynes

A special session

Presiding: Barbara Simerka, Queens Coll., City Univ. of New York

Speakers: Perry J. Gethner, Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater; Donald R. Larson, Ohio State Univ., Columbus; Ignacio Lopez, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro; Cory A. Reed, Univ. of Texas, Austin; Veronika Ryjik, Franklin and Marshall Coll.; Christopher B. Weimer, Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater

Session Description:

This roundtable will explore operatic adaptations of early modern Spanish novels and plays from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries in France, Germany, Russia, Spain, and the United States. How did composers such as Jean-Baptiste Lully, Richard Wagner, and Lewis Spratlan and their librettists "transpose" literary texts from Counter-Reformation imperial Spain for ideologically divergent audiences?


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Literature and Other Arts, Humanities, Law, Psychology, Science, and Sociology

  • Spanish Literature – Medieval and Renaissance

  • Spanish Literature – Before 1700

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