Luis Vélez de Guevara’s La niña de Gómez Arias is a play that has been overlooked in benefit of other dramatic works considered more essential in the theatrical canon of the time. Thus, as María M. Carrión states in her introductory study to this edition, La niña de Gómez Arias could have followed the fate of many other comedias that ended up lost or forgotten if it hadn’t been for a few critical readings by scholars such as Forrest Eugene Spencer, Rudolph Schevill, Ramón Rozzell, Carmen Iranzo, Martha G. Krow-Lucal, Gianna Carla Marras, Alfred Rodríguez, and Ronald Lanning. Just like other works by Vélez de Guevara, such as La serrana de la Vera, this play is based on a legend captured in the traditional Spanish Romancero and revisited later on by other playwrights such as Calderón de la Barca (in the case of La niña de Gómez Arias)....

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