Spanish and Portuguese ETDs


Ben Sandoval

Publication Date



We have learned that the greatest difference between the Middle Ages and Renaissance times was the tremendous cultural upheaval that developed a rather complete change of attitudes and values. Life itself was the objective and not a mere preparation for another life. To the Medieval person the ego and the objective of living are idealized. One must enjoy everything. Much more importance was attached to physical existence. In this, the Renaissance contradicts flatly the attitude of the Middle Ages. Man began to feel that he should enjoy life and that its legitimate pleasures held no harm. Joy of living, however, extended into many fields. An immense curiosity about the world provoked man's explorations and experimentations. Intelligence complicated ideals, emotions, and attitudes, granting to life a humanistic conception of the limited potentialities of man. The intellect was the pass word in this age of discovery.

Degree Name

Spanish (MA)

Level of Degree


Department Name

Spanish and Portuguese

First Committee Member (Chair)

Ramón Sender

Second Committee Member

Francis Monroe Kercheville

Third Committee Member

Dorothy Woodward



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