Episode eight: Fuenteovjuna

We’re taking a literary trip to Spain, and reading Lope de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna!

ferdinand and isabella
King Ferdinand and  Queen Isabella, a.k.a. the Catholic Kings, a.k.a. the heroes of this play

Taking points:

  • The war of the sexes
  • Things that Spanish Golden Age drama has in common with English renaissance drama (and things that they don’t have in common)
  • Plays to get you feeling revolutionary
  • Rousseau’s state of nature
  • A tangent about audience etiquette.
  • The wedding scene from Fiddler on the Roof
  • Ladies who get in formation.
  • At the end of the episode, Yolana mentions a production of Women Beware Women that you can see if you’re a listener somewhere near Halifax, NS. Details here. 

One thought on “Episode eight: Fuenteovjuna

  1. I welcome your podcast as part of a recovery of interest in Spanish Drama. As in the RSC’s Golden Age Drama Season, there are many current moves to restore awareness of the distinction of Lope de Vega, some reflected in my recent book “Shakespeare’s Tragedies Reviewed” (Peter Lang, 2015) and in our documentary “Shakespeare and the Spanish Connection” (TMW Media 2005 – also on YouTube). And (discussion suggestion?) do look at Lope’s version of the Romeo and Juliet story “Castelvines Y Monteses” (much translated) – perhaps a better play than Shakespeare’s! With best wishes, Hugh Richmond


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