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Divination on stage

Prophetic body signs in early modern theatre in Spain and Europe

Magicians, necromancers and astrologers are assiduous characters in the European golden age theatre. This book deals with dramatic characters who act as physiognomists or palm readers in the fictional world and analyses the fictionalisation of physiognomic lore as a practice of divination in early modern Romance theatre from Pietro Aretino and Giordano Bruno to Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca and Thomas Corneille.

Author Information

Folke Gernert, University of Trier, Germany.


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Audience: Academics (Romance, Literary and Drama Studies)