Dramatic Recompositions of Shakespeare, Racine, and Calderon as a Experiment in Contrastive Literature

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Drama, comparative literature, Shakespeare, Racine, Calderon, constructive


Comparative Literature | Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | English Language and Literature | Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature


This paper has two purposes: one is literary and the other is technical.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Pedro Calderon de la Barca of Spain (1600-1681), and Jean Racine of France (1639-1699), the three greatest serious dramatists of their respective literatures, are totally dissimilar in their styles, character development, tragic conception and their views of life and afterlife.

Although the symbolic comedy of Shakespeare occasionally bears some similarity to that of Calderon, there is a great difference between the gigantic tragedies of Shakespeare and the courtly religious and patriotic drama of Calderon.

There is very little possibility that any of the three might have influenced the other, so this study cannot be conducted according to the traditional methods of comparative literature. The three cannot really be compared, but they can be contrasted.

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