Camilo Castelo Branco. As Duas Comédias do Morgado de Fafe (O Morgado de Fafe em Lisboa / O Morgado de Fafe Amoroso)


Martínez Pereiro, Carlos Paulo

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Literaturas en lengua portuguesa




Publicacións da Biblioteca-Arquivo ‘Francisco Pillado Mayor’, Serie Verde (‘Literatura Teatral em Língua Portuguesa’)

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The latest addition to the Francisco Pillado Mayor Theatre Library and Archive Collection imprint features two of the best known, most accomplished and most frequently produced plays by the Portuguese writer, Camilo Castelo Branco (1825-1890): O Morgade de Fafe em Lisboa (1861) and O Morgade de Fafe Amoroso (1865).

The comedic and satirical strategies within the text and dramatic onstage impact of both farce plays are ranged derisively against the same target: the trite forms and ideology of an outdated ultra-romantic tradition. Castelo Branco’s attack on the movement lies at the heart of both the Lisbon play and its continuation in the Foz episode. The bitter emptiness of ideology and derived truth is contrasted with the liberating power of laughter and the absurd through the plays’ unrelentingly sceptical tone, unforgiving portrayal of a hypocritical society, and perfectly pitched opposition between the fashions and forms of romantic drama and the ruthless deprecation of literary convention and imposture.

Castelo Branco’s Morgade de Fafe plays embody the evolution and timelessness of a literary classic. Not content merely to play the text for laughs with the usual round of tromperies bouffonnes, Castelo Branco subverts the very duplicity and suspension of belief that make dramatic art possible, with constant allusions to the exaggerated poses and scenarios onstage and the whole artifice of the drama itself.