Spanish and Portuguese ETDs

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The object of this study is to present the social and political commentaries of the Portuguese author, Eça de Queiroz. While it may be evident to the reader of Eça’s novels that his fiction has ample political and social content, another source exists from which a wider range of commentaries can be drawn. This source is the multitude of letters, chronicles, and essays that Eça wrote, both in Portugal and during his career as a diplomat in America and Europe. Through an examination of these works, it becomes clear that the author was a man who has more than just casually concerned with culture, institutions, and social, and political problems. His travels enable him to view directly these same phenomena in Europe and America, as well as in Portugal.

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Spanish (MA)

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Spanish and Portuguese

First Committee Member (Chair)

Albert R. Lopes

Second Committee Member

Silviano Santiago

Third Committee Member

Sabine R. Ulibarri



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