Spanish Romanticism in Context: Of Subversion, Contradiction and Politics (Espronceda, Larra, Rivas, Zorrilla)

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This book investigates the elements of contradiction, subversion and ambiguity inhabiting major works of Espronceda, Larra, Rivas and Zorrilla and reveals the politics of their literature through an examination of the cultural context. The book presents Zorrilla's Don Juan Tenorio and Rivas' Don Alvaro as replications of cultural codes in evolution and conflict. The essay on Don Juan Tenorio considers a number of the play's inconsistencies, contradictions and lacunae and explores its popularity as the product of ...
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Overview

This book investigates the elements of contradiction, subversion and ambiguity inhabiting major works of Espronceda, Larra, Rivas and Zorrilla and reveals the politics of their literature through an examination of the cultural context. The book presents Zorrilla's Don Juan Tenorio and Rivas' Don Alvaro as replications of cultural codes in evolution and conflict. The essay on Don Juan Tenorio considers a number of the play's inconsistencies, contradictions and lacunae and explores its popularity as the product of a political agenda. This new interpretation of Don Alvaro permits the reader to see both Rivas and his drama in light of cultural context: a society established on paradoxical, conflicting codes of behavior. Although both plays are frequently considered hallmarks of Romanticism, these analyses reveal a politics of conservative shadings in liberal disguise. Two essays on Larra locating him in his cultural context and an exploration of irony as the instrument of subversion in Espronceda's El estudiante de Salamanca complete the work. The focus throughout the book is on subversion and contradiction, both intentional and accidental, as the results of literary production in unstable cultural and political contexts.
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Editorial Reviews

Revista De Estudios Hispanicos
...engages in a lively dialogue with some of the most important writings on Spanish Romanticism in the last twenty years...superb readings of these major figures.
Revista de Estudios Hispánicos
...engages in a lively dialogue with some of the most important writings on Spanish Romanticism in the last twenty years...superb readings of these major figures.
Booknews
Analyzes the work of four major writers of the Spanish Romantic era, who worked in the genres of drama, poetry, and prose. Essays take various approaches, including anthropological, historical, and political. Topics include considerations on two stories of Don Juan, the limits of Romantic ideology, Larra's departure from the ola/>, and the use of irony in . Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761809746
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald E. Schurlknight is Associate Professor of Spanish at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Zorrilla and Espronceda: Considerations on Two Stories of Don Juan 1
Ch. 2 Rereading Don Alvaro 33
Ch. 3 The Limits of Romantic Ideology: Larra's Review of Dumas' Antony and Moral Relativism 73
Ch. 4 Larra's Mysterious Departure from the Revista Espanola 95
Ch. 5 Elvira, Montemar, and the Use of Irony in El estudiante de Salamanca 115
Conclusions 149
Appendix 153
Bibliography 159
Index 171
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