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Title: Entre Neoclasicismo y Romanticismo: la locura en Saúl de Gertrudis Gómes de Avellaneda
Authors: Memo, Cristina
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: Gertrudis Gómez de Avllaneda (1814-1873), cuban writer, to decribe madness in her tragedy Saúl, makes equal use of neoclassic and romatic ideas. From Neoclassicism she takes the conception of the mental insanity as a divine punishment, the description of the prophet as one related to darkness, storm and fire, visions and wandering conceived as a way of making a person lose his bearings, and the refusal of the inner change as the root of self-destruction. The romantic influence on the play resides in the ideas of madness asa a positive rebellion aganist Fate, of the poet as a "second Creator", of prophets as natural begins, of a man as a producer of isolation, of sensation as knowledge and of self-destruction as a struggle for establishing oneself's identity. Thus, by blending these elements, the authoress transforms the play in an accurate portrait of human aoul's contradiction.
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