Spanish and English Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries: Studies in Discretion, Illusion and Mutability

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 9, 1980 - Literary Criticism - 281 pages
Edward M. Wilson's reputation as a scholar of Calderón, and of classical Spanish literature in general, is almost unrivalled. He was also an expert in English works of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and in the popular literature of both languages. These essays, written at various stages of Wilson's career, reflect his scholarship in all these fields. They also reveal the recurrent themes which Wilson found in the literature of this period: discretion and the dangers of rashness, and desengaño, the need to rid oneself of worldly illusions. Eight of the fourteen articles concentrate on different aspects of Calderón's work, revealing the playwright's consistency of outlook. The essays on Lope de Vega deal with three of his most important plays. Wilson's study of Othello shows the special insight that may be gained into Elizabethan drama by a scholar of the contemporary Spanish theatre.
 

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Contents

The four elements in the imagery of Calderon i
1
the Constant Prince
15
On La vida es sueno
27
The discretion of Don Lope de Almeida
48
Towards an appreciation of El pintor de su deshonra
65
The cloak and sword plays
90
Frontispiece oiPsalle et site first edition facing page
105
Calderons dramatic poetry
116
Quando Lope quiere quiere
155
The exemplary nature of El caballero de Olmedo
184
A Hispanist looks at Othello
201
Tragic themes in Spanish ballads
220
Spanish and English religious poetry of the seventeenth century
234
Notes
243
Index of names and titles of works
271
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Images and structure in Peribdnez
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