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The Quest for CardenioShakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play$
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David Carnegie and Gary Taylor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641819.001.0001

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Cardenio without Shakespeare

Cardenio without Shakespeare

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The Quest for Cardenio

Roger Chartier

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This chapter is devoted to the Spanish and French plays that adapted the story of Cardenio for the stage and coped with the same difficulties faced by Fletcher and Shakespeare (if they are the authors of the play performed at the English Court in 1613): i.e., how to transform the narrative structure of the fortunes and misfortunes of the four Cervantes lovers into a dramatic plot, and to decide if Don Quixote and Sancho must or must not be present in a tragicomedy devoted to Cardenio, Luscinda, Fernando, and Dorotea. The chapter analyses Guillén de Castro and Pichou’s answers to these challenges focussing on specific scenes, especially the embarrassing scene of the marriage between Luscinda and Fernando, both already engaged and married elsewhere by an exchange of vows.

Keywords:   Cardenio, Gulén de Castro, commedia, Pichou, tragicomedy, baroque, marriage, Council of Trent

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