Ramón María del Valle-Inclán Essay - Ramón María del Valle-Inclán Drama Analysis

Ramón José Sim&o Peña

Ramón María del Valle-Inclán Drama Analysis

As the primary creator of the legend of his own life, Ramón María del Valle-Inclán thrived on controversy, and the polemics that characterize the critical appraisal of his work would unquestionably have delighted him. The principal source of debate concerns the relationship between his early, Modernist works, with their focus on pure aesthetics, and his mature endeavors (most notably the esperpentos, his expressionist visions of reality, with their emphasis on political and social issues). Several perceptive critics have identified some of the essential ingredients of his esperpentic dramas in several of his pre-World War I plays, in which there is a clear note of estrangement and a suggestion of expressionistic...

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