Life's a Dream (La Vida es Sueno) / Edition 1

Life's a Dream (La Vida es Sueno) / Edition 1

by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Michael Kidd
     
 

A beautiful and haunting tale of love, betrayal, knowledge, and power, Life's a Dream (La vida es sueño, 1636) is the best known and most widely admired play of Catholic Europe's greatest dramatist, Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681). Calderón's long life witnessed both the pinnacle and collapse of Spanish political power as well as the

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A beautiful and haunting tale of love, betrayal, knowledge, and power, Life's a Dream (La vida es sueño, 1636) is the best known and most widely admired play of Catholic Europe's greatest dramatist, Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681). Calderón's long life witnessed both the pinnacle and collapse of Spanish political power as well as the great flowering of Spanish classical literature. Michael Kidd's new prose translation renders Calderón's masterpiece into a transparent, modern American idiom that preserves the beauty and complexity of Calderón's Baroque Spanish. The result is a highly readable and adaptable text that is enhanced by a generous selection of supporting materials, including a thorough critical introduction and glossary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870817779
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Introduction1
1.Spain at the Turn of the Century (1600)1
2.The Spanish Comedia15
3.Calderon the Man: A Brief Chronology20
4.Life's a Dream: Analysis and Interpretation23
Translator's Notes41
1.Dialect41
2.Historicity42
3.Medium: Verse vs. Prose45
4.Scene Boundaries50
5.Proper Names54
6.Wordplay60
7.Textual Variants and Obscurities64
Suggestions for Directors71
Selected Bibliography77
1.Previous English Versions of La vida es sueno77
2.Major Spanish Critical Editions of La vida es sueno78
3.Poetry and Poetics79
4.Linguistics and Translation Theory79
5.Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Handbooks80
6.Calderon's Life80
7.Spain and Early Modern Europe: History, Religion, Culture80
8.The Spanish Comedia and Life's a Dream: Context, Performance, Editing, Interpretation82
Life's a Dream: A Prose Translation89
Cast of Characters90
Act 191
Scene 191
Scene 299
Act 2109
Scene 1109
Scene 2129
Act 3133
Scene 1133
Scene 2138
Scene 3142
Glossary155

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