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The Closest Reading: Creating Annotated Editions, Matthew D. Stroud Jan 2006

The Closest Reading: Creating Annotated Editions, Matthew D. Stroud

Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Research

Teaching old literature of any kind to undergraduates is a challenge. The language is difficult, the themes often lack resonance for today's students, and the cultural references are abstruse. When one adds to the mix that the works are in an archaic version of Spanish, not the native language of most students in the United States, and that the plays are written in florid, baroque poetry, the task of helping students to appreciate the Spanish comedia for its literary value is made considerably more demanding. A great many students simply do not understand what is going on with the ...