Nihilism in Turn-of-the-Century Spanish Drama Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Oakley, Tyler
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
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  • The present study employs the concept of nihilist transvaluation to investigate what has generally been referred to as Modernism and the Avant-Garde, and more specifically the Generations of 98 and 14 in Spanish Peninsular literature. This analysis builds on the works of Gonzalo Sobejano's Nietzsche en España (1967) and Jesús G. Maestro's El personaje nihilista (2001), while refocusing the guiding concept in the context of literary drama at the turn-of-the-century in Spain. Nihilism proves to be a transnational phenomenon in the arts with a unique manifestation in Spanish drama that allows us to genealogically reconstruct a period of continuity from Benito Pérez Galdós to Federico García Lorca. This stylistic commonality is explained through a return to the Aristotelian poetics of tragedy, not without temporal, regional, and individual stylistic nuances, which lead to the possibility of a typology of these authors and their theatrical works.
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  • Welch, Ellen
  • Gómez-Castellano, Irene
  • Amago, Samuel
  • Luisetti, Federico
  • Marí, Jorge
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  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2014
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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