Mines and miners in French and Spanish literature of the XIX and XX centuries
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As indicated in the subtitle, this thesis is a study of miners, their problems and environment, their hopes and aspirations as portrayed in the field of belles lettres rather than in political, economic and social treatises. The task undertaken is a work of interpretation and synthesis. It is a study of French and Spanish literature dealing with mining and the circumstances which inspired it. This study is concerned with the accuracy as well as the artistry of the fictional portrayals. It endeavors to examine the reality of the social and psychological factors which they reveal. Literature divorced from reality creates an incomplete and false situation which Taine calls, "une illusion de bibliotheque." [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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