Arata, Luis Oscar. The Festive Play of Fernando Arrabal. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1982. Examines Arrabal’s theater from the point of view of play, focusing on Piaget’s concept of game playing and on episodic theater.
Berenguer, Angel, and Joan Berenguer, eds. Fernando Arrabal. Madrid: Editorial fundamentos, 1979. A collection of essays in Spanish by a number of critics on Arrabal’s theater as well as statements by world-renowned writers such as Samuel Beckett and Eugène Ionesco about the significance of Arrabal’s theater.
Donahue, Thomas John. The Theater of Fernando Arrabal: A Garden of Earthly Delights. New York: New York University Press, 1980. A general overview of Arrabal’s theater, emphasizing the influence of the “happening,” of street and guerrilla theater, and the creative use of playing space.
Glibota, Ante. Arrabal Espace. Paris: Paris Art Center, 1993. A coffee table work written in French with numerous color photographs and a number of essays on Arrabal’s work in various genres. An invaluable source of production photos, Arrabal’s paintings, and numerous other images of his life and work.
Orenstein, Gloria. “A Surrealist Theater Tractate: Fernando Arrabal.” In The Theater of the Marvelous. New York: New York University Press, 1975. An analysis of Arrabal’s theater as a manifestation of Surrealism based on alchemy. Explores the influence of André Breton, Salvador Dali, and Antonin Artaud on Arrabal’s work.
Podol, Peter. Fernando Arrabal. Boston: Twayne, 1978. A comprehensive biography and analysis of all of Arrabal’s work up to the date of publication, it is intended as an introduction to the playwright and contains brief analyses of all of his dramas prior to 1978.
Schumacher, Claude. “Arrabal’s Theatre of Liberation.” In Twentieth Century European Drama, edited by Brian Docherty. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994. A good overview.
Torres Monreal, Francisco. “Introducción.” In Teatro completo. Madrid: Espasa Calpe, 1997. A lengthy introduction to the two-volume edition of Arrabal’s theater in Spanish, it provides an excellent overview of the evolution of Arrabal’s work for the theater.