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The Picaresque Novel

Originating in Spain, the picaresque novel abandoned idealized literary approaches and exposed the harshness of reality and human nature. This program presents the history of the narrative art form, tracing its development through Mateo Alemán, Cervantes, and Defoe, all the way to Kerouac and subsequent writers. Beginning with the anonymous publication of The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes, the video analyzes examples of fictional outsiders struggling to survive in a corrupt and hypocritical society. Guzmán de Alfarache, Moll Flanders, Huckleberry Finn, and several other works are discussed, all with a recognition of their artistic antecedent: the unflinching exploits of the Spanish pícaro. (English, 23 minutes)

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Item#: BVL34765
Copyright date: ©2006
DVD (Chaptered) ISBN 978-1-4213-6913-6

Part of the Series : Masters of the Spanish Word
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Don Quijote

Here is a true and faithful interpretation of one of the bulwarks of world literature. It is a grandly conceived, beautifully executed visual epic, rooted in Cervantes' own words. The episodic format of the production follows the structure of the boo...(more details)
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Tirso de Molina: El Burlador de Sevilla
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A superb production of Tirso's most famous work, the play that introduced the theme of Don Juan into European literature. An RTVE Production. (Spanish, 2 hours)(more details)
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Don Quixote: Legacy of a Classic
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This program weaves art, music, and literature with Western culture to explore the enormous impact of Cervantes' classic on our world today. Artists, critics, and others, from novelist Carlos Fuentes to General Norman Schwarzkopf, reveal how the work...(more details)
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Ruben Dario
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Considered by many as the first Modernist poet to write in Spanish, Ruben Dario is a major 20th-century literary figure by any reckoning. This program explores his life and work, with attention to both verse and prose achievements. Identifying Azul a...(more details)
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Pedro Calderon de la Barca
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The Spanish code of honor and the mystery of holy rituals are at the forefront of Pedro Calderon de la Barca's poetic dramas. This program surveys Calderon's achievements in the secular and religious theater of 17th-century Spain, highlighting his re...(more details)
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