Spanish & Portuguese | Seminar: Spanish Authors
S721 | 4132 | Larson


TOPIC: Pedro Calderón de la Barca


Professor Catherine Larson
email: LARSON
MW   1:00 2:15 3 cr.  section # 4132
Ballantine Hall 232

This course offers an in-depth examination of the dramatist who is arguably
not merely the best of the Golden Age, but of all Spanish theater.  The
course begins with an analysis of the age of Calderón and a
discussion of the characteristics of the Comedia.

Texts:   In bookstores: La dama duende
El mágico prodigioso
La vida es sueño/El alcalde de Zalamea
El gran teatro del mundo/El gran mercado del mundo			
La cisma de Inglaterra					

Photocopy:
El jardín de Falerina
Antes que todo es mi dama
Eco y Narciso
El pintor de su deshonra
A secreto agravio, secreta venganza
Poetry and minor theater:
Entremés de "Don Pegote"
Jácara de "Carrasco"
Mojiganga de "El pésame de la viuda"

Because this is a seminar, the ultimate goal of the course is the
production of a longer paper of approximately 15-20 pages) on a topic of
interest to each student.  The course will include student-generated
discussion and oral presentations and several short writing assignments,
with a focus on the relationship between Calderón and the critics,
especially on the ways that contemporary literary and performance theories
have impacted upon Calderón studies.

Evaluation:  Class participation, short assignments, and presentations:  50%
Seminar paper:  50%