Aquel breve sueño

Dreams on the Early Modern Spanish Stage


Edited by

Sharon Voros   and  Ricardo Saez

              (Naval Academy, USA)          (Université de Rennes, France)



‘Aquel Breve Sueño.’ Dreams on the Early Modern Spanish Stage is a collection of ten essays by distinguished scholars from Spain, France, and the United States. Originally an idea by Ricardo Saez of the Université de Rennes, France, this volume includes a variety of approaches on the significance of dreams as dramatic discourse.  In Part I, “Oneiric Discourse on the Early Modern Spanish Stage,” contributors are Belén Atienza, Ezra Engling, Ellen Frye, Rogelio Miñana, Charo Moreno, and Sharon Voros.  Topics included are the prophetic dream in Lope de Vega and Guillén de Castro, dreams as motif and dramatic device in Pedro Calderón de la Barca, the metatheatrical function of dream sequences, the dream as dramatic character in Calderón’s auto, Sueños hay que verdad son, and the performance dream in Leonor de la Cueva y Silva’s La firmeza en la ausencia. “Aquel breve sueño” is a line from Garcilaso’s second Elegy.

Contributing to Part II, dedicated exclusively to Calderón’s La vida es sueño, are Nelson López, Christian Andrès, Ricardo Saez, and Christine Aguilar-Adan. Topics include staging and directing La vida es sueño, a comparative study on Pierre Boasituau’s Theatrum Mundi and Calderón’s La vida es sueño and El gran teatro del mundo, poetic structure and style in the redondillas of La vida es sueño, and La vida es sueño and the political institution of the prince.


A fundamental book for:

-         Early Modern Spanish Studies.

-         Theater.

-         Women’s Studies.

First Edition.  Theater, 15; Iberian Studies, 61.

viii+ 396 pages.  Includes Bibliography and Index.

ISBN: 1-889431-51-6



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