Manuel Tamayo y Baus’s Un Drama Nuevo (1867) and the Reception of Hamlet in 19th-Century Spain

Authors

  • Rocío G. Sumillera University of Granada

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.10.1.71-80

Keywords:

Shakespeare, reception of Hamlet, Manuel Tamayo y Baus, Un drama nuevo, 19th-century drama

Abstract

The present article discusses how Tamayo y Baus appropriates and refashions in Un drama nuevo (1867) the figures of Shakespeare and Yorick, as well as different elements of a number of tragedies by Shakespeare (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello), in order to render homage to Shakespearean drama by means of a play that, even if set at the beginning of 17th-century England, particularly addresses the tastes and concerns of 19th-century Spanish audiences. Additionally, this article considers the extent to which the contemporary audience of Tamayo y Baus was acquainted with Shakespeare and Hamlet, taking into account both the translations into Spanish of the play and its performances in Spain up until 1867. The purpose of such an analysis is to speculate on the reception and interpretation of Un drama nuevo at the time of its release, and on the role it had in raising or renewing interest in Hamlet within the Spanish-speaking world.

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Published

09.05.2013

How to Cite

Sumillera, R. G. (2013). Manuel Tamayo y Baus’s Un Drama Nuevo (1867) and the Reception of Hamlet in 19th-Century Spain. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 10(1), 71–80. https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.10.1.71-80