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Voltaire's Fables Of Discretion: The Conte Philosophique In Le Taureau Blanc, Thomas M. Carr Jr. Oct 1985

Voltaire's Fables Of Discretion: The Conte Philosophique In Le Taureau Blanc, Thomas M. Carr Jr.

French Language and Literature Papers

Le Taureau blanc (1774) offers remarkable insight into Voltaire's use of the conte as persuasive discourse for two reasons. First, as the purest example of the genre among his last contes, it is in many ways the quintessence of his talents as a conteur. This tale does not cover any new ideological territory in its treatment of the Old Testament, a preoccupation found in much of his production of the Ferney period; nor does it introduce any technical innovations. But unlike Voltaire's last tragedies, where his reworking of the themes and dramatic conventions of his dramatic successes of ...


French History Textbooks As A Tool For Teaching Civilization, Thomas M. Carr Jr. Oct 1985

French History Textbooks As A Tool For Teaching Civilization, Thomas M. Carr Jr.

French Language and Literature Papers

The recent controversy in France over the new history textbooks based on the reforms promulgated under René Haby in the middle 1970s can serve as a reminder of the many uses such textbooks can have in our civilization classes. In the past ten years the Haby programs have become the symbol for what many observers in France take to be a serious weakening of the teaching of history since the late 1960s. At the primary level, history was joined to geography and the sciences as an activité d'éveil; no longer was it the privileged instrument for fostering national identity ...


Love, Friendship, And Deceit In La Traición En La Amistad By María De Zayas, Matthew D. Stroud Oct 1985

Love, Friendship, And Deceit In La Traición En La Amistad By María De Zayas, Matthew D. Stroud

Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Research

María de Zayas' play, La traición en la amistad is, like her novellas, a tale of amorous intrigue and conflict between sexes. The plot is based on several triangles made up of three galanes (Gerardo, Juan, and Liseo), four damas (Fenisa, Marcia, Belisa, and Laura), and a pair of servants (Lucía and León). For the most part their relationships are guided by the traditional treatment of love in the comedia. At the outset only Marcia and Liseo love each other, but their love is complicated by other characters. Gerardo also loves Marcia, and he spends a great deal of the ...


La Habana Para Un Infante Difunto: Cabrera Infante's Self Conscious Narrative, Isabel Alvarez-Borland Mar 1985

La Habana Para Un Infante Difunto: Cabrera Infante's Self Conscious Narrative, Isabel Alvarez-Borland

Spanish Department Faculty Scholarship

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Martyrs, Martyrdom, And The Comedia, Matthew D. Stroud Jan 1985

Martyrs, Martyrdom, And The Comedia, Matthew D. Stroud

Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Research

Plays about martyrs form a curious subgenre within the comedia. In a direct contradiction of the values normally associated with the comedia, we are asked to accept that dishonor is glorious, that submission is courageous, and that death is a reward because it brings eternal life. The martyrs themselves, however, as presented in the comedia, are not of a single type; the way each comes to his or her final apotheosis is a function of the comedia setting in which the martyr acts. Too, because martyr plays almost always use external source material, a study of the presentations of the ...


The Comic Récit: Les Plaideurs, Nina Ekstein Jan 1985

The Comic Récit: Les Plaideurs, Nina Ekstein

Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Research

Récits are a standard feature of the French classical theater. While normally associated with tragedy (e.g. the famous "récit de Théramène"), seventeenth-century comedy adopted the use of dramatic narrative and adapted it for its own ends. In an examination of the comic récit, two questions arise immediately: how is the récit in comedy different from, first the tragic récit, and second other segments of a comedy?


Oral And Written Language Of Low Level Esl Students, Christina E. A. Cronogue Jan 1985

Oral And Written Language Of Low Level Esl Students, Christina E. A. Cronogue

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

One of the most important areas of current investigation in ESL and native speaker language research is the search for correlations between speaking and writing development. One can assume that the developmental relationship of these two skills is one of mutual dependence for literate adult second language learners. Yet, as many ESL teachers have observed, second language learners often have a markedly higher level of proficiency in one skill than the other. By determining the exact nature of the developmental relationship of oral and written language in second language learners, instructional programs can perhaps be designed to help students more ...