Valle Inclan: The Lights of Bohemia

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Valle Inclan: The Lights of Bohemia

Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

1993

May 1st, 1993

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Written in the early 1920s, Lights of Bohemia is set in the twilight phase of Madrid's bohemian artistic life against the turbulent social and political background of events between 1900 and 1920. The play's protagonist, the poet Max Estrella, confronts the dilemma between art and social commitment and the problem of salvaging some sort of authenticity and identity in a context which converts him into an anachronism. This is the first play in a series of 'esperpentos' or 'grotesques' in which Valle-Inclan tries to convey the tragi-grotesque contradictions of his contemporary surroundings by the use of similarly contrasting registers in his theatre.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
Contents6
Introduction10
Lights of Bohemia in context:10
Valle-Inclan's earlier theatre10
The historical and social background14
Bohemian life in Madrid19
Analysis of the play24
Lights of Bohemia and Valle-Inclan's idea of the theatre32
Bibliography41
Lights of Bohemia Luces de bohemia44
Commentary164