Spanish literature: The Eighteenth Century
The Eighteenth Century
In the 18th cent. French neoclassicism exerted a powerful—and inhibiting—influence on Spanish literature. The
Three authors stood out as notable exceptions in the midst of a general decline in literary creativity: Leandro Fernández de Moratín, a writer of plays in the neoclassic vein; Ramón de la Cruz, author of popular playlets called sainetes; and the poet Juan Meléndez Valdés. While Manuel Quintana's patriotic verse was neoclassical in form, it anticipated romanticism in its emotion.
Sections in this article:
- The Spanish Civil War to the Present
- Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Movements
- The Nineteenth Century and Romanticism
- The Eighteenth Century
- The Renaissance and the Golden Age of Spanish Literature
- Early Works in Castilian Spanish
- Iberian Literature before Spanish
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