El médico de su honra. El alcalde de Zalamea
Madrid: Real Academia Española (Biblioteca Clásica de la Real Academia Española, Vol. 66), 2021. First Edition. Hardcover. 491p., indices, wrps. New. Item #78474
"El Médico de su Honra. El Alcalde de Zalamea" lead, together with Life is a dream , the canon of serious Calderonian dramaturgy. If in the first of these two works the right of the villains to honor is vindicated – an honor that is dignity of the person, and that is conquered with effort, work and virtue – in The doctor of his honor they show the devastating effects of the necessary maintenance of class honor. Both tragedies, which is why they are tragedies, dramatize the results of abuses of power and the price that the vassal (the individual, in a more modern perspective) has to pay to oppose them. The studies of Fausta Antonucci ( The doctor of his honor of him) and Juan Manuel Escudero (The Mayor of Zalamea ) delve into the very diverse interpretations that the two works have received, of which a refined and annotated text is offered in this volume in light of the latest critical contributions.