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Trinity University

Spanish theatre

1987

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Further Considerations Of History And Law In The Wife-Murder "Comedias", Matthew D. Stroud Jan 1987

Further Considerations Of History And Law In The Wife-Murder "Comedias", Matthew D. Stroud

Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Research

Those who, like Américo Castro and Arnold Reichenberger, assume a great similarity between historical fact and dramatic action, use literary texts to posit speculations about historical fact and historical fact to assert the realism of literary situations. Despite the potential tautology inherent in such arguments, these scholars have attempted to prove their cases by bringing to bear the following evidence: 1) real wife murders documented in Spanish history; 2) laws regarding the punishment of an adulterous wife 3) Spanish social history and the formation of a national Spanish personality; 4) contemporary concepts of honor, some fictional and some didactic, that ...