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dc.contributor.advisorUgarte, Michael, 1949-eng
dc.contributor.authorFueger, Kathleen M.eng
dc.coverage.temporal1700-1799eng
dc.date.issued2009eng
dc.date.submitted2009 Falleng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on January 26, 2011).eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Michael Ugarte.eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionPh. D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2009.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Romance languages.eng
dc.description.abstractThis study examines the dramatic and thematic role of staged letters in the neoclassic comedies of Spain's eminent comediographs Tomás de Iriarte and Leandro Fernández de Moratín. The plays under consideration include Iriarte's El señorito mimado and La señorita malcriada and Leandro Fernández de Moratín's El barón, La mojigata, El viejo y la niña, and El sí de las niñas. In these plays the letters are a fundamental means by which the playwrights achieve the objective of enseñar deleitando; through the role the letters play in plot advancement, character development, and the creation of dramatic irony, suspense, and humor, they are a source of pleasure and dramatic entertainment for the viewing public. At the same time they are instrumental in illustrating the Enlightenment ideal of rational thought and critical thinking. The letters are used in these plays as masks that disguise the identities and motives of the letterwriters and simultaneously bear within themselves the truth they seek to obscure. As vehicles of deception and truth, the letters demand that the onstage characters and the viewing public participate in their interpretation, and in this way, they are the principal means by which the playwrights not only entertain the audience but also achieve their dramatic and ideological objectives of interrogating the errors common to society and advocating virtue and truth.eng
dc.format.extentiv, 174 pageseng
dc.identifier.oclc698375945eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/9868
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/9868eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartof2009 Freely available dissertations (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2009 Dissertationseng
dc.subject.lcshIriarte, Tomás de, 1750-1791eng
dc.subject.lcshFernández de Moratín, Leandro, 1760-1828eng
dc.subject.lcshSpanish literature -- History and criticismeng
dc.titleDeception and truth: the use of letters in the comedies of Iriarte and Moratineng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineRomance languages (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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