A Companion to Calderón de la Barca
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414 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

29 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Tamesis Companions

Imprint: Tamesis Books

A Companion to Calderón de la Barca

Edited by Roy Norton and Jonathan W Thacker

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The first comprehensive study of Calderón in English
Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681) is one of the most important dramatists - many would say the single most important dramatist - of the Spanish Golden Age. Spain's dominant and most prestigious playwright for much of the seventeenth century, his work is still regularly staged and translated, influential in more recent times on writers as diverse as Schiller, Shelley and Lorca. The author of around 120 plays (not counting his numerous Corpus Christi autos) in a variety of styles, Calderón is most famous for his stirring dramas, characterized by rhetorically powerful poetry, dramatic structures carefully calibrated to produce poignant echoes, and the fizzing intellectual energy they apply to the age's ontological, eschatological and political preoccupations. His plays succeed in combining these perennial concerns with compelling plots subtle enough to defy definitive interpretation. As this volume seeks to show, however, Calderón's comedies deserve equal recognition. Too long stereotyped as a dour, cerebral conservative, this playwright's comic works are as amusing as they are clever.

This Companion is the first comprehensive study of Calderón in English. It provides a rigorous but readable introduction to the man, his work and its legacy. Its chapters - written by leading international comedia specialists - provide an overview of his life, explain his intellectual, social, moral, and literary contexts, and examine his stagecraft, his corpus, and his reception both within and without the Hispanic world up to the twenty-first century. Specific chapters are devoted to La vida es sueño, his most famous work, which appears on many a university syllabus, and to his infamous wife-murder plays.
List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Foreword / Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations

Introduction, Roy Norton and Jonathan Thacker
1 Biography and Context, Don Cruickshank
2 The Calderonian World, Jeremy Robbins
3 The Playwright's Craft: Calderón and the Great Theatrical World of Early-Modern Spain, Alejandro García-Reidy
4 La vida es sueño, Jeremy Lawrance
5 The Honour Plays of Calderón, Colin Thompson
6 Calderón, the Comedian, Jonathan Thacker
7 Mythological Court Spectacle Plays, Margaret R. Greer
8 Religious comedias, Isabel Hernando Morata
9 Calderón's 'Sacramental, Allegorical and Historical' autos, Ignacio Arellano
10 Calderón's graciosos, Roy Norton
11 Calderón and Visual Art, Oliver Noble Wood
12 The Staging of Calderón's Theatre, Santiago Fernández Mosquera
13 Calderón's European Reception from Romanticism to the Twentieth Century, Ritchie Robertson
14 The Reception of Calderón in the Hispanic World, Duncan Wheeler

Appendices
I. Key Digital and Print Sources and Works by Calderón Mentioned
II. Versification in Calderón

Consolidated Bibliography
Index

ROY NORTON is Senior Research Fellow in Spanish at Pembroke College, Oxford, and Lecturer in Spanish at Christ Church, New College, and St Hilda's College.

JONATHAN THACKER is King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish Studies at the University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow at Exeter College, Oxford.

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Title Details

414 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

29 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Tamesis Companions

Imprint: Tamesis Books