ERIC Number: EJ961672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Shed Some Light on the Subject: Teaching Ramon del Valle-Inclan's "Luces de bohemia"
Parker, Jason Thomas
Hispania, v94 n4 p704-714 Dec 2011
This essay seeks to provide parallel and interchangeable approaches to teaching Ramon del Valle-Inclan's challenging play "Luces de bohemia". A greater understanding of the cultural and mental frameworks of the early twentieth-century Spanish spectator will permit students to penetrate the dense intertextuality that characterizes Valle's best-known work. To this end, I outline two approaches that can be used separately or in tandem: 1) a study of the Spanish commercial stage at the dawn of the twentieth century and the "revista" genre; 2) an investigation of the rise of Spanish journalism in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. These thematic studies give students the proper insight to understand the episodic structure, endless parade of characters, and countless historical and political allusions in "Luces de bohemia" as an attempt to reconstruct the frenetic public life of early twentieth-century Spain.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Drama, Spanish Literature, Cultural Awareness, Journalism, Literary Genres, History, Politics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Spain