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This article analyzes and compares two plays that have received little attention by scholars: Máter dolorosa (1904), by Leopoldo Cano, and El Tenorio modernista (1906,) by Pablo Parellada. These plays are a parody of the modernist style that dominated Spanish and Spanish American literature from 1888 -when it was started by the publication of Azul, a compilation of poems and stories written by Rubén Darío- to 1920 or so. This study shows how each author ridiculed and satirized modernism, the way in which their plays are a model of a parody, how they achieve a unique sense of humor, and how these plays are important in the history of Spanish modernism and of Spanish literature in general. The author uses the theory of reception to offer a perspective on how these plays were received by the Spanish audiences and readers.


World Languages and Cultures