Spanish and Portuguese ETDs

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Summing up the discussion will be the main conclusions reached about the art of Castro as a dramatist. These conclusions can be briefly expressed as follows: (1) the basic structure of the plays, and Castro's ideals and motivations, had their inception in the Valencian theater of his youth; (2) the main contribution of the Lopean comedia was to teach him the techniques for attaining greater unity of action and to instruct him in the uses of humor; (3) Castro's greatest inspiration came from popular sources such as the romancero, rather than from learned works; (4) his work is exceedingly subjective; and (5) his greatest achievement lie in the area of the re-creation of legendary material, of characterization, and of the building of scenes of great emotional intensity.

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Spanish & Portuguese (PhD)

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Spanish and Portuguese

First Committee Member (Chair)

Raymond Ralph MacCurdy

Second Committee Member

Albert Richard Lopes

Third Committee Member

William F. DeJongh



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