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date: 22 November 2019

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One thing which emerges as a consistent feature of Spanish Romantic drama, from Larra to Rivas, from Hartzenbusch to Zorrilla, is the contestatory exposition, normally by the male lead, of a radical and challenging prescription for a new understanding of love, life, and the world which is then defeated by external forces or, more commonly, is mitigated by the mediating figure of the heroine. Parallels with prevalent trends in the narratives of Spanish historiography evince an alluring seduction by the wiles of Enlightenment France before a return to the traditional Spanish fold is an obvious suggestion, but there are others. Espronceda’s student of Salamanca and his demise at the hands of the spectre of the past (past love, past Calderonian play, and uncompromising theocentric history) would certainly fit into this.

Keywords: Spanish drama, historiography, Enlightenment, tradition, religion, love

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