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The Myth about Don Juan in Jose Zorrilla's Legends
Kikteva Kseniya Ditrievna

post-graduate student of the Department of History of Foreign Literature at Lomonosov Moscow State University

119991, Russia, g. Moscow, ul. Leninskie Gory, GSP-1, MGU im.M.V.Lomonosova, 1-i korpus gumanitarnykh fakul'tetov

kiktevaksenia@mail.ru
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Abstract.

The subject of the research is the myth about Don Juan in the legends of a Spanish writer Jose Zorrilla. The aim of the article is to prove that the image of a mocker and seducer who stands above the society appeared in Zorrilla's creative writing before the drama 'Don Juan Tenorio' was staged (1844), in particular, in the legends 'El capitán Montoya' and 'Margarita la tornera' (1840-1841) in which Kikteva finds obvious parallels to Don Juan Tenorio. These works demonstrate the writer's reflection over the image and is an important milestone in the history of myth interpretation in Spanish literature. The research methodology is based on the comparative anlaysis of texts created as part of a single writing tradition. To explain the changes of the image within different literary schools (in this research the author mentions Spanish romanticism and Baroque), the researcher has applied the method of historical and cultural researsch. The novelty of the research is caused by the fact that the researcher refers to the interpretations of the myth of Don Juan that are understudied in Russian literary studied. The main conclusion of the research is the continuity between the figure of Don Juan Tenorio outlined in Zoprrilla's religious fantastic drama and images of seducers that had appeared in the creative writing of a playwright few years earlier. Establishing his own formula to describe components of the myth about Don Juan, the author proves that the relation of this myth to the images of mockers from Zorrilla's legends. 
 

Keywords: Margarita la tornera, El capitán Montoya, Legends, José Zorrilla, Spanish Romanticism, cultural myth, mocker and seducer, Don Juan, interpretations of the myth, continuity in literary tradition

DOI:

10.25136/2409-8698.2018.4.27217

Article was received:

31-08-2018


Review date:

30-08-2018


Publish date:

11-10-2018


This article written in Russian. You can find full text of article in Russian here .

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