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The Limits of Illusion : A Critical Study of Calderon - Anthony J. Cascardi

The Limits of Illusion

A Critical Study of Calderon

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Published: 30th November 1984
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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.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on texts and notes
Introduction
La vida es sueno: Calder=n's idea of a theatre
La dama duende
Calder=n and Tirso: El galan fantasma
El secreto a voces: language and social illusion
Toward tragedy
El mFdico de su honra
Herod and Hercules: theatrical space and the body
El magico prodigioso and the theatre of alchemy
The illusions of history
Authority and illusion: En la vida todo es verdad y too mentira
The use of myth: Eco y Narciso
Prometheus and the theatre of the mind
Calder=n's last play: the comedia as technology and romance
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521262811
ISBN-10: 052126281X
Series: Cambridge Iberian and Latin American Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 30th November 1984
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.47