Pedro Calderón de la Barca

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The revolution in Spanish dramatic literature led by Lope de Vega (1562-1635) culminated with Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681). Calderón’s career developed in three different theatrical spaces, each subject to specific artistic conventions and staging conditions. First was the commercial public theater, aimed at the socially heterogeneous audiences that packed the corrales de comedias—urban yards adapted for dramatic representations. Secondly, and in contrast to the material limitations of the corrales, the royal court gave rise to dazzling and costly spectacles displaying the awesome power of the King and his family circle. The third space was …

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Checa, Jorge. "Pedro Calderón de la Barca". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 March 2011
[, accessed 30 June 2015.]

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