Abstract

The development of the comedia in Spain bears surprisingly little fruit in Portugal, despite (or perhaps because of) the annexation of Portugal from 1580 to 1640. O Fidalgo Aprendiz (1646) by Francisco Manuel de Melo is generally considered to be the outstanding seventeenth-century achievement in Portuguese drama. The play is engaging not merely for its historical solitude but for its reflection of tensions at the personal and professional levels, together with a double- or triple-edged satire. With Gil Vicente on one side and the Spanish comedia on the other, O Fidalgo Aprendiz bespeaks a unique variation on the theme of "the anxiety of influence."

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-0928
Print ISSN
0007-5108
Pages
pp. 5-14
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-08
Open Access
No
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