Naturalistic philosophy in the Spanish Golden Age picaresque novel

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dc.contributor Edmunds, Bruce
dc.contributor Janiga-Perkins, Constance
dc.contributor Baquero-Pecino, Alvaro
dc.contributor Bunker, Steve
dc.contributor.advisor Worden, William Milstead, Andy Micah 2017-03-01T16:34:45Z 2017-03-01T16:34:45Z 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001040
dc.identifier.other Milstead_alatus_0004D_11139
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract My dissertation analyzes three canonical Spanish Golden Age picaresque novels through the lens of naturalistic philosophy. The works selected for my study are the anonymous Lazarillo de Tormes (1554), Guzmán de Alfarache (Part I - 1599, Part II - 1604) by Mateo Alemán and El Buscón (1626) by Francisco de Quevedo. While critics have acknowledged a basic kinship between the picaresque novels and nineteenth century naturalist novels in terms of subject matter and a willingness to portray the sordid lives of society's marginalized, few have examined these works from the perspective of naturalistic philosophy. The purpose of this dissertation is to fill that gap in picaresque criticism by analyzing the specifically naturalistic elements of these works. By examining the role of hereditary and environmental determinism, the motives for sex and marriage, and the role of God and religion in each novel, this study will demonstrate that the narrators of these works paint a surprisingly naturalistic picture of the workings of human society. A secondary purpose of this dissertation is to examine several intriguing points of contact between these Golden Age picaresque novels and the naturalistic novels of nineteenth century Spain.
dc.format.extent 156 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
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dc.subject.other Literature
dc.title Naturalistic philosophy in the Spanish Golden Age picaresque novel
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Modern Languages and Classics Romance Languages The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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