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The shadow of Maeterlinck's La vie des abeilles and El espríitu de la colmena

Miles, Robert


Robert Miles


No critic of El espríitu de la colmena (1973, Víctor Erice) has systematically analysed the - albeit brief - citation of the work of the Belgian prose writer and poet, Maurice Maeterlinck, although some insist that the allusion to the entire text is key. This essay seeks to explore the way in which the film subtly incorporates elements of this famous book on apiculture as a structural narrative base. Further, it also analyses the socio-historic implications of this citation/incorporation or problematic 'shadow', the dialectic and ambiguities of sacrifice and transcendence in the double context of the film's post-Civil War setting, and its construction and release in the 1970s during the Franco regime.


Miles, R. (2010). The shadow of Maeterlinck's La vie des abeilles and El espríitu de la colmena. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 87(8), 961-975.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 16, 2010
Publication Date 2010-01
Print ISSN 1475-3839
Electronic ISSN 1478-3398
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 87
Issue 8
Pages 961-975
Keywords Linguistics and Language; Literature and Literary Theory; Language and Linguistics
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