L’Art de l’Histoire. Le massacre de la Saint Barthélémy vu par David Wark Griffith et Juan Gil-Albert

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The interest for the same period in the history of France and a very similar construction of two otherwise very different works have led me to devise a combined reading of Intolerance and Crónica General. The art of counterpoint, taken from the writings of Gil-Albert, has demonstrated the Romanesque dimension of Griffith’s historical reconstruction. Examining longtime history, Gil-Albert payed attention to meditation and relied on Montaigne, while Griffith focused only on one episode, the Massacre of St. Bartholomew, that he lead to incandescence., Griffith also drew on French popular literature as the name of a fictional character from Elie Berthet suggested. Eventually, through the fascination with the image and the happy ending, his tragic worldview has become bearable, while in Gil-Albert’s work tolerance remains, despite everything, the horizon of that turbulent period. Two distinct positions to face the circumstances: resistance and dissent.


Intolerance, D. W. Griffith, Crónica general, J Gil-Albert, St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre, history and fiction, ars and ethics

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