Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department

World Languages

Major Professor

David Arbesú, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Heike Scharm, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Anne Latowsky, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Sonia Ramírez Wohlmuth, Ph.D.


Theater, Drama, Golden Age, Spain


La más constante mujer is a Spanish Golden Age play written by Juan Pérez de Montalbán in 1631 and published for the first time in 1632. Although he was once one of the most famous playwrights in Madrid, known for running in the same literary and social circles as Lope de Vega and Calderón de la Barca, the bulk of the dramatist's work has been greatly ignored by scholars, or is referred to as being of second rate, and the author himself has nearly tragically been forgotten throughout the centuries following his short life. Although research has been conducted to chronicle the literature produced by Montalbán, his plays have been generally overlooked by modern scholars and very little of the dramatist's theatrical production has been analyzed within the last one hundred years. As a result, there are no modern editions of his plays. The intention of this thesis is to provide a regularized critical edition of La más constante mujer, together with an in-depth analysis of the life and times of its author, and the play's main themes, topics, influences, and characteristics.