Research Papers on Portugese Literature

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  • Three Plays by Federico Garcia Lorca

    6 pages in length. The sexual instinct that represents the creativity in Federico Garcia Lorca's trilogy of three plays depicting Spain's cultural identity clearly establishes the manner by which the playwright aspires to portray the intensity of his characters' existence. Interwoven amidst this underlying sexual instinct is the relationship of Spain's socioeconomic concerns at that time and how Lorca reinforces this subject with the use of theatrical and artistic methods. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Sandra Cisneros: Women Hollering Creek

    Sexual Warfare : A 4 page paper which examines the politics of sexual warfare in three stories from Sandra Cisneros’ work Women Hollering Creek. No additional sources cited.

  • "Dr. Glass-Case" by De Cervantes

    A 3 page essay on Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's "Doctor Glass-Case." The writer argues that this sixteenth century protagonist can be viewed as the quintessential Renaissance man. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Fictional Literature, Determinism, and Free Will

    A 10 page exploration of the short stories encompassed by Miguel de Unamuno and Eric Bentley in their books “Abel Sanchez and Other Stories” (Unamuno) and “Life is a Dream: (Bentley). Unamuno’s book contains the short stories “Abel Sanchez”, “The Madness of Doctor Montarco”, and “San Manuel Bueno, Matyr” while Bentley’s “Life is a Dream” encompasses translations of Calderon's “La Vida es un Sueño” (Life is a Dream), Lope de Vega's “Fuente Ovejuna” (Fountain of Youth), and Tirso de Molina's “Don Juan”. Each of these stories add insight to our understanding of the free will verses determinism debate. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Federico Garcia Lorca/Play Trilogy

    A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses the Federico Garcia Lorca’s play trilogy. The editors of the New England Review add a biographical note to their publication of Federico Garcia Lorca’s poem “Siguiriya’s Way,” which identifies Lorca as one of the greatest poets and dramatists of modern Spain (Lorca, 2005, p. 96). This poem mixes sensuality with the ever-present threat of violence, which is as theme that is prominent in Lorca’s work. Three of Lorca’s best-known plays are his trilogy: “Blood Wedding,” “Yerma,” and “The House of Bernarda Alba.” Examination of these plays demonstrates how Lorca uses the elements of melodrama to represent the presence of overwhelming sexual desire within the context of the negotiated power. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Omeros by Derek Walcott and Character Identity

    A 9 page paper which examines the characters of Achille, Hector, Helen, Ma Kilman, and Plunkett as symbolic figures who represent Walcott’s search for identity in his novel/epic poem “Omeros.” No additional sources cited.

  • Women's Literature Contributions of Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street

    This 8 page paper explores the concepts of feminism, poverty, and social structure from the Mexican-American perspective. In it there are discussions of sexual power, double standards, discussions of the Mexican-American condition, and examples of feministic thought. Three sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Mexican Literature Comparison Victor Valle's Recipe of Memory Five Generations of Mexican Cuisine and Ruben Martinez's Crossing Over A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail

    A 5 page overview of the content of these two books and the differences in presentational style elected by each author. The author of this paper emphasizes that Mexican literature offers a wide gamut of style and subject matter. Of particular interest is the way different writers chose to present their information. Some chose a discursive appropriation while others use formal appropriation. The approach elected by Valle falls into the latter category while that of Martinez falls into the former. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Music and Song in Latin American Literature

    In 5 pages the author discusses the trope of song/music in Latin American literature, addressing the work of various Latin American writers. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Indo Caribbean Experience as Found in A House For Mr. Biswas

    10 pages in length. Identity is a critical theme all throughout the story that borrows directly from the Indo-Caribbean experience and cultural experience. To not only understand but also accept one's place within the larger concept of society is something Mr. Biswas struggles with for his entire life; that he is unable to rectify what he deems wrong in his day to day existence – the death of his father, a controlling and uncaring mother, a wife with no backbone and an extended family by marriage that has little respect for him – he ultimately develops an inferior sense of himself while at the same time working hard to find his own place in the world. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • History of Latin Literature

    A 5 page paper which examines the history of Latin literature. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Protest Literature, Valdez And "Los Vendidos"

    3 pages in length. Playing the stereotype card is the most effective of all possible ways for Valdez to point out misconceptions people have about others; indeed, it is an appropriate tool for other ethnic groups to display their discontent as well. As minorities, Chicanos are not created equal in many numbers of ways based upon a protocol established by another race entirely, a distorted attribute of human existence that otherwise defines and limits their collective ability to seamlessly assimilate into white society. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Female Psychology in the Plays of Tirso de Molina

    A 14 page research paper that focuses on female characterization in the plays of Tirso de Molina (1572-1648), a playwright during the Golden Age of Spanish theatre. Examination of a variety of Tirso's plays demonstrates that--in regards to his portrayal of female characters--he was limited by the cultural standards in which he lived. In other words, women in Tirso's plays are largely relegated to subsidiary roles, which substantiate the prominence and importance of men as the pivotal focus around which everything in Spanish society revolved. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Female Sexuality in House of Bernarda Alba

    A 3 page essay on Federico Garcia Lorca’s play “The House of Bernarda Alba,” which is part of a trilogy in which each play expresses the way that women were “crushed by Spanish customs and social life” during the early twentieth century (Jones and Jones 13). In Bernarda Alba, the cast is virtually all women, as there is only one brief appearance by a male. In this play, Garcia Lorca uses the theme of suppressed sexuality to underscore the corrosive nature of Spanish cultural expectations towards women. Bibliography lists 5 sources.


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