Connecting past and present: exploring the influence of the Spanish golden age in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries

Kahn, Aaron (2015) Connecting past and present: exploring the influence of the Spanish golden age in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne. ISBN 9781443876162

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Abstract

In this volume, experts on the Spanish Golden Age from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States offer analyses of contemporary works that have been influenced by the classics from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Part of the formation of a sense of national identity, always a problematic concept in Spain, is founded in the recognition and appreciation of what has come beforehand, and no other era in the history of Spanish literature and drama represents the talent and fascination that Spaniards and non-Spaniards alike possess with the artistic legacy of this country. In order to establish properly a context for the study of literature or history, one cannot always study the works, writers, or era in isolation; rather, performing scholarly studies on these topics as a continuation of what has come before reveals that many thoughts, concepts, character types, criticisms, and social issues have been thoroughly explored by our literary ancestors. This era is referred to as the Golden Age not only because of the voluminous production of art, literature, drama and poetry, but also because writers such as Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, and Pedro Calderón de la Barca, influenced by the re-birth of the Classical masters, presented the reading and viewing public with genuine human emotions and experiences in a more comprehensive manner than in previous eras. In the twentieth century, Spain faced a series of political crises; the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and the Franco Dictatorship (1939-75), followed by the Transition and the concept of historical memory, have provided contemporary Spanish writers with the impetus and freedom to express their views. A frequent source of inspiration has been the Golden Age, that epoch of history that produced such political and religious upheaval, and this book explores the manner in which contemporary Spaniards have reached into the past to connect with their present world.

Item Type: Edited Book
Schools and Departments: School of English > Sussex Centre for Language Studies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures > PQ6001 Spanish literature
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Depositing User: Aaron Kahn
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2015 12:54
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2015 12:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/42230
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