Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

John H. R. Pott, "Batilo. Estudios sobre la evolución estilistica de Meléndez Valdés" (Book Review)

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1991), 68, (3), 424

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424 BHS, LXVIII (1991) REVIEWS OF BOOKS would be bener off with the first part of the same publisher's Historia de la literatura espanola. Siglos XVIII y XIX of 1980. PHILIP DEACON Sheffield. Geograpbia de Andalucia [1752]. Edited by Ramon Maria Serrera and Maria Angeles Galvez. Biblioteca de la cultura andaluza 80. Sevilla: Editoriales andaluzas unidas. 1988. 185 pp. PEDRO MURILLO VELARDE, The editors reproduce the prologue and chapters XIIXIV of volume I of Murillo Velarde's Geographfa bistorica, whose ten volumes were first published in Madrid in 1752. The original prologue explained the Andalusian Jesuit's concept of Geographia historica which, rather than a work of historical geography, reminds the modem reader of a tourist guide book. Murillo describes Andalusia town by town, supplying information gleaned from historical texts complemented by his own observations. The editors' succinct 'Introduccion' situates the author and his writings in their contexts, and comments on the present text, whose objectivity (32 pages on Granada compared with 9 on Seville) and ability to separate myth from fact they call into question. PHILIP DEACON Appendices to the Memorias ..., including certain leners to and from Armona himself, and others of relevant interest to his work. Notable within this section are discussions about methods of production and the need to encourage actors to rehearse studiously and behave on the stage as realistically as the script requires. There are significant references to the demands of prejudiced audiences and to the actors' attitude of inconsequence: '... ccomo nos han de representar con propiedad y exactitud una batalla dada en el siglo XI, si en el relon de perspectiva aparece un baluarre coronado de canones de artilleria, siendo asi que hasta dos 0 tres siglos posteriores no se invenro la p6lvora ni la fortificacion de aquel modo?, (306); 'Se pierde igualmente el decoro al publico cuando un actor que representa el heroe de la accion, en los intermedios que no le toea hablar, hace sefias 0 cortesias a ciertas personas del teatro, debiendo hacer cuenra de que nadie los (sic] ve ni los esucha .. .' (306). The Memorias ... is introduced by a detailed study (9-120) of Armona's life, political importance, literary tastes and relationships, and his reformist projects inspired by new European standards. The wealth of bibliographical material will be welcomed by scholars of eighteenth-century interests. A number of illustrations of the theatres concerned and facsimile-copies of their businessaccounts contribute to the editors' penetration into eighteenth-century realities. Altogether, the editors are to be congratulated for their widening of the horizon of dramatic research. Sheffield. I. L. MCCLELLAND Glasgow. JOSE ANTONIO DE ARMONA Y MURGA, Memorias cronol6gicas sobre el teatro en Espana (1785). Edited by Emilio Palacios Fernandez, Joaquin Alvarez Barrientos and Maria Carmen Sanchez Garcia. Vitoria: Diputacion Foral de Alava. 1988. 341 pp. For a practical understanding of theatrical history it is necessary to have recourse to the development of theatrical administration. The subject is illuminatingly presented in this volume in relation to Armona's directorship of theatres as Corregidor de Madrid and Juez Protector de Tearros, in the last decades of the eighteenth century. Centralized in the theme -are Armona's reports on Spanish theatres in his Memorias •.•, which both outline the history of the Spanish theatres, and discuss practical details of Armona's practical responsibilities. Interesting reference here is made, for example, to the competitive dramas submined for prizes in celebration of the birth of Royal twins in 1783, and to the choice of judges and methods of judgement involved. More technically detailed is the correspondence contained in Armona's H. R. POLT, Bstilo. Estudios sobre la evolucion estilistica de Melindez Valdes. Berkeley: University of California Press/Oviedo: Centro de Estudios del Siglo XVIII. 1987. 332 pp. JOHN Este libro del profesor Polt nacio de su interes por lIevar a cabo la edicion critica de la obra poetica de Juan Melendez Valdes. Primero aparecio la edicion critica de dichas poesias (con J. Demerson, en Oviedo, Centro de Estudios del Siglo XVIII [1981-83], 2 vols.) y, ahora, se publica este estudio de su obraestudios prefiere lIamarlos su autor, 'reconociendo que es un examen solo parcial de la obra del poera' (II). El objetivo de Polt es estudiar el estilo de Melendez, a rraves de sus multiples manuscritos y de las ediciones que el mismo autor prepare en vida. Seguramente Melendez sea el autor del siglo XVIII del que mas variantes se conservan de sus poemas, 10 cual Ie sima en una posicion excepcional para esrudiar su proceso creative, as! como para conocer sus cambios de gusto y de que forma se fue forjando ese nuevo Copyright (c) 2004 ProQuest Information and Learning Company Copyright (c) Liverpool University Press

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ÁLVAREZ BARRIENTOS, JOAQUÍN