Tirso de Molina: Tamar's Revenge

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Tirso de Molina: Tamar's Revenge

Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

1998

January 1st, 1998

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The story comes from the Second Book of Samuel and tells of the incestuous passion of Amnon, David's eldest son, for his half-sister, Tamar and the subsequent murder of Amnon by his brother Absolom. Amnon's lust is set in the context of complementary passions of ambition and revenge, reflected in Absolom and Tamar respectively. The play explores King David's conflict between justice and mercy when confronted with these tragic events. It is a work of constantly changing perspectives in which tragedy and comedy, instead of being simply juxtaposed, are blended in a highly original way. Tirso's play is one of the earliest treatments of a theme that has continued to be an inspiration for such modern writers as the novelist Dan Jacobson in The Rape of Tamar and the dramatist Peter Shaffer in Jonadab . Spanish text with facing-page translation, commentary and notes.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Title Page2
Copyright Page3
Contents4
Preface6
Introduction8
Tirso de Molina and his time8
Tirso and the Comedia12
Humour, irony and paradox in Tirso's theatre14
The moral emphases of Tirso's theatre18
Tirso's biblical plays22
La venganza de Tamar28
A note on staging38
Notes to the Introduction41
Bibliography43
Tamar's Revenge - La venganza de Tamar46
Act I Jornada primera49
Act II Jornada segunda99
Act III Jornada tercera163
Notes227