Acker, Thomas S. The Baroque Vortex: Velázquez, Calderón, and Gracián Under Philip IV. New York: P. Lang, 2000. This comparative study places Calderón in both a literary and historical context. Contains bibliographical references.
Aycock, Wendell M., and Sydney P. Cravens, eds. Calderón de la Barca at the Tercentenary: Comparative Views. Lubbock: Texas Tech Press, 1982. An important collection of papers on the three-hundredth anniversary of Calderón’s death. The essayists concentrate on comparing some of Calderón’s contributions with other artistic impulses, such as German Idealist philosophy, Euripides, Mexican cleric characters, and William Shakespeare.
Cascardi, Anthony J. The Limits of Illusion: A Critical Study of Calderón. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1984. Valuable for the breadth and variety of its inquiry. Concentrates on Calderón’s unique notion of a universal dramatic theme—illusion. Index.
De Armas, Frederick A. The Prince in the Tower: Perceptions of “La vida es sueño.” Cranbury, N.J.: Associated University Presses, 1993. Various perspectives on Calderón’s Life Is a Dream. Bibliography and index.
Delgado Morales, Manuel, ed. The Calderonian Stage: Body and Soul. Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1997. An analysis of the staging and production of the dramas of Calderón. Bibliography and index.
Edwards, Gwynne. The Prison and the Labyrinth. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1978. This imagery study of Calderón’s tragedies illuminates the texts by characterizing his moral dilemma as physical enclosures from which his true psychological and spiritual self cannot escape without free will. “Disposition and environment may incline” the will in one direction or another, says Edwards, but “they cannot force.” Contains a bibliography and an index.
Fitzgerald, Edward. Eight Dramas of Calderón. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2000. Fitzgerald adheres to the lyrical quality of the original text in this English version. Includes the latest editions of the classic translations of The Mayor of...