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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book A Companion to Early Modern Hispanic Theater, which discusses early modern Hispanic theater studies. The book is divided into four parts. The first part of the book, 'Origins', begins with the birth of the early theater in Spain. An essay on closet drama, particularly the Celestina, highlights both similarities and differences with dramatic works meant to be read versus those that were intended to be performed on stage. The second part, 'Themes', explores some commonly-discussed subject areas for comedia research: honor, wife murder, and marriage. The third part, 'Places', examines the physical spaces in which comedias were performed. Finally, the fourth part, 'Intersections', finds points of contact between the comedia and fields of inquiry, such as the picaresque, emblems, science, medicine, and psychoanalysis.

Keywords: comedia research; Hispanic theater; psychoanalysis; Spain



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