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The Enlightenment [electronic resource]: Keeping the Fire Burning

Films for the Humanities & Sciences
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The 18th century in Spain was less a period of literary achievement than a time of intellectual ferment, as the Bourbon monarchs attempted sweeping social and cultural reforms. In this program, renowned experts put into perspective the writings of those who kept the flame of literature alight during the Age of Reason. Dramatic readings include excerpts from Torres Villarroel's El Censor, Benito Jeronimo Feijoo's "Fabula de las Batuecas y Paises Imaginarios," Padre Isla's Fray Gerundio, Jose Cadalso's Noches Lugubres and Cartas Marruecas, and Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos's Memoria para el Arreglo de la Policia de los Espectaculos y Diversiones Publicas y Sobre Su Origen en Espana.
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50 min.
In Spanish
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Sept. 06, 2006.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Keeping the fire burning
The Glories of Spanish Literature
Glories of Spanish literature
  • Cultural Contributions from 18th Century Spain (3:56)
  • Influences on 18th Century Spanish Literature (2:43)
  • Spanish Writer Diego de Torres Villarroel (3:32)
  • Enlightenment Writers Undermine Spain's Aristocracy (2:08)
  • Freedom of Thought in 18th Century Spain (3:31)
  • Intellectual Development in 18th Century Spain (3:42)
  • The Almanacs of Spanish Writer Diego de Torres Villarroel (2:40)
  • Spanish Enlightenment Author Jose Francisco de Isla (2:18)
  • Spanish Enlightenment Author Ignacio de Luzan (1:21)
  • Spanish Enlightenment Author Jose Cadalso (2:55)
  • Modern Relevance of Cadalso's "Cartas Marruecas" (4:25)
  • Spanish Enlightenment Writer Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos (4:17)
  • Spanish Enlightenment Poet Juan Melendez Valdes (3:36)
  • Spanish Theatre During the Age of Enlightenment (2:23)
  • Spanish Enlightenment Playwright Nicolas Fernandez de Moratin (4:08)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], c2002.
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  • 30144s Films Media Group
  • 30150 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (50 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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