This is the first thorough study of Calder¢n in comparison with other important dramatists of the period: Lope de Vega and Tirso de Molina in Spain, Racine and Corneille in France, and Shakespeare and Marlowe in England. Cascardi studies Calder¢n's paradoxical engagement with illusion in its philosophical guise as scepticism. He shows on the one hand Calder¢n's moral will to reject illusion and on the other his theatrical need to embrace it. Cascardi discusses plays from every period to show how in Calder¢n's best work illusion is not rejected; instead, scepticism is absorbed. Calder¢n is placed in and defined against the philosophical line of Vives, Descartes, and Spinoza. Of central importance to this argument is Calder¢n's idea of theatre and the various transformations of that idea. This emphasis will give the book an additional interest to students, readers in philosophy and comparative literature.
Series: Cambridge Iberian and Latin American Studies
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 30th November 1984
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.47