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Elaine C. Wertheimer. Honor, Love, and Religion in the Theater Before Lope de Vega.
Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta--Hispanic Monographs, 2003. 222 pp. bibl. $19.95. ISBN: 1-58871-032-7.
The title of this book announces a rather ambitious project. Love, honor, and religion are ubiquitous in Spanish letters of all periods and have been studied assiduously by critics of Renaissance and Baroque theater. The author renders this undertaking more manageable by focusing exclusively on the generation of dramatists active in the first few decades of the sixteenth century: Juan del Encina, Lucas Fernandez, Bartolome de Torres Naharro, Gil Vicente, and Diego Sanchez de Badajoz. Wertheimer dismisses the theater previous to this generation for …