The Mind and Art of Calderón: Essays on the Comedias by Alexander Augustine ParkerThe Mind and Art of Calderón: Essays on the Comedias by Alexander Augustine Parker

The Mind and Art of Calderón: Essays on the Comedias

byAlexander Augustine ParkerEditorDeborah Kong

Paperback | October 15, 2009

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Don Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-81) was, with Lope de Vega, the greatest exponent of Spanish Golden Age drama. Professor Parker's essays are the fruits of a highly distinguished career spanning forty-five years. They provide a wide-ranging survey of Calderón's secular, three-act plays (comedias) through detailed analyses of individual works. The themes found in the plays are studied in relation to the background of ideas in seventeenth-century Spain and to the development of Calderón's own view of the intellectual life and the social, ethical and moral problems of this age. From the tensions of Calderón's early family life and his intellectual struggle with the associated problems, the book passes to the wider tensions in the social and political life of his time, and concludes with a demonstration of how Calderón raises all these human problems onto a wide 'philosophical' level through his use of myths and symbols.
Title:The Mind and Art of Calderón: Essays on the ComediasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.94 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521121175

ISBN - 13:9780521121170

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Table of Contents

Author's preface; Editor's preface; Introduction; 1. Stylistic and dramatic craftsmanship; 2. From experience to myth; 3. The tensions of social life; 4. The tensions of public life; 5. From symbol to myth; Epilogue; Notes; Index.