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El AMOR, LA BELLEZA, Y EL ARTE EN LA NOVELA DECADENTE HISPANOAMERICANA: LA DIALECTICA DE LA DECADENCIA

by Hurst, Darin S

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis compares four decadent or protodecadent fin du siècle novels (Sin rumbo (1885), De sobremesa (1896), Dionysis (1904) and El ángel de la sombra (1926)) written in XIX century Latin America from a narratological perspective. Beginning with a discussion of the methodology used and its theoretical ramifications, this study proceeds to project a generic minimal story for the genre, followed by an outline of the fundamental character types that includes a discussion of leit motifs present in these novels. Finally, as a point of departure, a definition of decadence as found in these novels is offered as an introduction to the study of the individual works themselves. Individually, each novel is summarized and analyzed in terms of its own minimal story and subsequently compared to other novels of the period. At the same time, the characters of the novels are also analyzed. Close attention is paid to the features of particular interest such as the leit motifs and the particular innovations of each individual novel. In the Conclusion, the generic minimal story initially projected is compared to the minimal story of each novel to include the gamut of possible story features as revealed in the works study here in addition to other end of century novels.
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:end of century decadent literature xix latin american narratology minimal story character types

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Date of Publication:01/01/2003

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