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1.

The Generation of '98 [electronic resource]

A passionate dissatisfaction with Spain's immediate past and a keen awareness of the need for a rebirth of spirit and letters was a mindset held in common by a disparate group of writers later renowned as the Generation of '98. They also enjoyed a shared love of old towns and the countryside and early poets such as Berceo and Juan Ruiz. This program seeks to understand the icons of that Generation through dramatic readings from Antonio Machado's El Mañana Efímero and Campos de Castilla, Miguel Unamuno's La Soledad de la Hispaña Castellana and El Sepulcro de Don Quijote, Pia Baroja's El Árbol de la Ciencia, José "Azorín" Martínez Ruiz's Castilla, and other works.
Online
2005
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Rosa Chacel [electronic resource]

Luminous and elliptical, provocative and abstruse, the writings of Rosa Chacel demonstrate a style that is at once beautiful and complex. In this program, the late author discusses her memories of Valladolid and her childhood isolation; her productive exiles in Rome, Brazil, and Argentina; her persistent anger toward the Spanish people; plus three of her books: Estacion, ida y vuelta, a remarkable antecedent of the nouveau roman; Teresa; and the autobiographical Desde el amanecer. Actually, "all of my work is autobiographical," says Ms. Chacel.
Online
1998
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Jose Saramago [electronic resource]

For Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago, to travel is to discover. In this program, Saramago explores the village of Azinhaga, the streets and neighborhoods of Lisbon, and Lanzarote, the northeasternmost of the Canary Islands. Excerpts from Viagem a Portugal, O ano da morte de Ricardo Reis: romance, and Cadernos de Lanzarote: diario illustrate landmarks such as the Rabo dos Cagados, the Rocho do Conde de Obidos, the crater field of Geria, the house of Cesar Manrique, and the otherworldly Timanfaya National Park from a point of view uniquely his own.
Online
1998
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Camilo Jose Cela [electronic resource]

For Camilo Jose Cela, the Spanish Civil War and his early acceptance and later rejection of Franco's dictatorial rule were the defining influences on his life, prompting him to pioneer a novelistic style of brutal realism known as tremendismo. Yet Cela's acute powers of observation and skill in colorful description are also apparent in his other works, including his travel books. In this program, the Nobel Laureate revisits some of the places in his beloved Spain that are dear to him. Excerpts from his writings provide insights into his penchant for experimentation and innovation.
Online
1982
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The Many Faces of Borges [electronic resource]

Jorge Luis Borges-"invented" in collaboration with virtually everyone, including himself-defies easy identification. In this birthday tribute, which begins with the master reading his classic Borges and I, the then-80-year-old short story writer, poet, essayist, and philosopher joins TV and radio personality Antonio Carrizo in a Borgesian discussion of the multiplicity of existence; the influence of his family, his friends, and writers from the past; his love of language; and the elusive Nobel Prize. Guests Roy Bartolomeo and María Kodama add insights into Borges as a lecturer and scholar, the universality of his writings, and even his blindness.
Online
1979
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La Otra Historia de Rosendo Juarez [electronic resource]

Set in 1930s Spain amidst the politics of the right and the left, this is the tale of a man of humble origin who kills the town bully in a just fight. His life then takes a sudden turn, entangling him in a spiral of violence and suspicion.
Online
1992
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Vicente Blasco Ibanez [electronic resource]: La Vida Como Novela

(Life as a Novel) Blasco Ibanez-idealist and adventurer-is the magnificent heir to Cervantes, of the restless spirit of the Spanish Golden Age. Among his many novels are La Barraca (The Cabin), Blood and Sand, and his masterwork, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. In this dramatization of his life, directed by award-winning Spanish director Luis Berlanga, Blasco Ibanez appears as the fiercely independent, solitary genius he was-the rebellious student, unruly romantic, subversive journalist, fertile novelist, anti-monarchy political activist, and fervent admirer of Victor Hugo, Lamartine, and Zola. This is a fascinating personal portrait of one of the most important Spanish literary figures of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Online
1997
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Ramon Maria del Valle-Inclan [electronic resource]: El Fulgor de la Palabra

At first a pro-aristocracy Carlist and later a communist with anarchist leanings, Ramon Maria del Valle-Inclan ran the political gamut from right to left. In this program, documentary material and dramatizations are blended to provide an account of a major Spanish novelist and playwright-whose esperpentos such as Tirano Banderas and Los Cuernos de Don Friolera prefigured the theater of the absurd-within the context of his nation's political turmoil.
Online
1999
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Antonio Machado [electronic resource]: A Lomos de la Quimera

The most important Spanish poet of his generation and the most popular as well, Antonio Machado shared the misgivings voiced by other members of the Generation of '98 regarding the decadence and complacency of Spain. Composed of documentary material and dramatizations, this program profiles the life and achievements of a Spanish literary master, author of such enduring works as Campos de Castilla and Juan de Mairena.
Online
1999
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The Many Faces of Borges [electronic resource]

Jorge Luis Borges-"invented" in collaboration with virtually everyone, including himself-defies easy identification. In this birthday tribute, which begins with the master reading his classic Borges and I, the then-80-year-old short story writer, poet, essayist, and philosopher joins TV and radio personality Antonio Carrizo in a Borgesian discussion of the multiplicity of existence; the influence of his family, his friends, and writers from the past; his love of language; and the elusive Nobel Prize. Guests Roy Bartolomeo and Maria Kodama add insights into Borges as a lecturer and scholar, the universality of his writings, and even his blindness.
Online
1979
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Julio Cortazar [electronic resource]

Influenced by Jean Cocteau, Jules Verne, Alfred Jarry, and Jorge Luis Borges, it is not surprising that Julio Cortazar created a body of surrealist literature that depicts the world as a phantasmagoric maze. In this program, the late author reflects on his view of reality, the creative process, his sentimental nature, and other topics. In addition, he talks about several of his books, including Rayuela, a significant contribution to the novel and paradigmatic of the Boom; the politically charged El libro de Manuel; Octaedro; Las armas secretas; Historias de cronopios y famas; and Los premios.
Online
1998
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Unamuno [electronic resource]: Abel Sanchez

The story of Cain and Abel set in Unamuno's Spain and seen through the eyes of the philosopher for whom good and evil are neither absolutes nor opposites.
Online
2013
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Ernesto Cardenal [electronic resource]: Cantico Cosmico

This program uses computer imagery and on-screen Spanish text to explore Cardenal's mystical masterwork of political cosmology. Rare interviews with the Nicaraguan poet are interwoven with excerpts from the legendary poem, "Cantico Cosmico." Written over the past thirty years, the poem takes us beyond a purely political understanding of Latin American history by incorporating scientific theories and religious concepts. Students can immerse themselves in both the poet and the poetry, while also learning the Spanish language.
Online
1995
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Surviving Don Quixote [electronic resource]

The protagonist of Don Quixote finds that he has "survived" for centuries after being created by Miguel de Cervantes, and now wants to learn about his origins-how, where, and why his character came into being. In this film Don Quixote and his loyal squire travel throughout Andalusia searching for information about the life of Cervantes, and the personal and historical events that may have influenced his work. Commentary from biographers and historians is interspersed with the narrative, along with gorgeous footage of the landscape, art, and architecture of Cordoba and Seville.
Online
2005
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Cortazar [electronic resource]: Entrevista

Cortazar gave few interviews. Here the Argentinian exile-writer discussed his sources, inspirations, and forms; how an idea would come to him like a strain of music; how a novel, like a tree, forms branches from branches-something that could not have been foreseen from the trunk alone.
Online
1980
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Federico Garcia Lorca [electronic resource]: El Balcon Abierto

An absolutely brilliant approach to the subject of Lorca: his works, his life-particularly its ending-and above all his role and his influence in the Spain of today. The very opposite of a solemn homage, the program is a joyful celebration of the rediscovery of the greatest Spanish writer of the 20th century.
Online
2012
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Carpentier [electronic resource]: El Derecho de Asilo

The master "magical realist" on the subject of a Latin American coup; the story features an opportunistic escapee who takes refuge at a neighboring consulate inhabited by a dim-witted ambassador and his attractive wife.
Online
2012
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Ruiz [electronic resource]: El Libro de Buen Amor

This rendition of the greatest Spanish troubadour ballad and one of the high points of Spanish medieval literature puts special emphasis on the clear, accurate enunciation of Spanish verse.
Online
2012
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Jorge Luis Borges [electronic resource]: El Hombre de la Esquina Rosada

This is one of Borges' finest short stories; its subject is the world of the gaucho; passion, murder, and the ceaseless rhythm of cafe dancing are diffracted through the author's surrealistic lens.
Online
2012
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Pablo Neruda [electronic resource]: Fulgor y Muerte de Joaquin Murrieta

Neruda's play celebrates an episode in Chilean history, embellishing the actual events of the California Gold Rush and transforming a story of prejudice and murder into a memorial saga.
Online
2012