Spain’s Golden Age represents a transition from a largely oral tradition to a world in which information and culture were transmitted by way of written or printed documents. Contemporary theory has done much to elucidate the cultural and aesthetic implications of this transition. Utilizing concepts derived from such theorists as Derrida, Ong, and Austin, this study examines how writing and inscription are foregrounded and problematized in five Golden Age dramas: El villano en su rincón, by Lope de Vega; La estrella de Sevilla, of disputed authorship; El ejemplo mayor de la desdicha, by Mira de Amescua; Cautela contra cautela, by Tirso de Molina; and La cisma de Inglaterra, by Calderón de la Barca.
"This is a valuable study of the role of writing and inscription in the drama of the Spanish Golden Age, pursued from the perspective of poststructuralist theory and criticism, specifically, the context of presence and absence." —Catherine Larson
"Written with elegance and clarity, Oriel’s is among the most impressive of recent approaches to the comedia." —Choice