Historical Context

George Anton, Jeffery Kissoon, Olwen Fouere, Simon Turner, and Nicholas Bailey in a 1998 production of Life is a Dream Published by Gale Cengage

The Golden Age in Spain

The period between 1580 and 1680 is called the Golden Age in Spain, when art and literature...

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Life Is a Dream Literary Style


Life Is a Dream is a comedia, a form of Spanish drama perfected at the beginning of the...

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Life Is a Dream Compare and Contrast

  • 1600s: People often consult the stars to help them decide how to act and to see into the future.

    Today: Many...

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Life Is a Dream Topics for Further Study

  • Although dreams are generally thought not to be real in themselves, they have often had the power to transform reality. Choose two works...

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Life Is a Dream What Do I Read Next?

  • "Abu Hassan; or, The Sleeper Awakened," in The Arabian Nights (ca. 1000 C.E.), is the tale of a wise young man who...

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Life Is a Dream Bibliography and Further Reading


Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, Life Is a Dream, translated by Edward and Elizabeth Huberman, in The...

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Life Is a Dream Bibliography

(Great Characters in Literature)

Honig, Edwin. Calderón and the Seizures of Honor. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972. A good discussion of one of the dominant issues of Calderónian theater. Compares the treatment of the concept of honor in The Mayor of Zalamea (1643) with that of other plays in which the protagonist is an aristocrat.

Maraniss, James. On Calderón. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1978. One of the starting points in the discussion of the new interpretations of Calderónian drama.

Parker, A. A. The Mind and Art of Calderón: Essays on the Comedia. Cambridge, England: Cambridge...

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