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Valle-Inclán between the two Modernisms

Darío Villanueva

Darío Villanueva reflects his interest in changing one of the most popular views of many Valle-Inclán scholars, which has been to (excessively) class him as a Peninsular participant in Spanish-American Modernism, when –as he points out– the creator of the grotesque tails is one of the most outstanding figures in the whole of Europe in that passionate process that signified the renewal of the novel and theatre. He explains that Valle-Inclán’s output reflects a decisive influence from European literature, like few others, and that this is added to his life and intellectual experiences, such as the visit to the front during World War I, his trips to Mexico and Cuba, and his stay in Rome.

Next Session: The autobiographical fiction of Valle-Inclán: the Sonatas

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