Poetry as Theory: Lope de Vega's Epistola as Arbiter of Proper DiscourseLanguages Faculty Publications
AbstractThe purpose of this article is to examine the ways in which Lope de Vega manipulates epistolas to serve his own ends with regards to language, both on a narrowly literary level and on a broader personal and even national one. What emerges is an epistola which blends both the self-evident art of poetry writing and critical speculation upon it, one which Lope consciously uses as a literary mode of vindication and defense for his ideas regarding proper discourse and as an attack on any type of discourse of which he disapproves.
Citation InformationMascia, Mark. "Poetry as Theory: Lope de Vega's Epistola as Arbiter of Proper Discourse." Hispanic Journal 21.2 (2000): 481-499.