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By Marta E. Altisent

ISBN-10: 1846156203

ISBN-13: 9781846156205

ISBN-10: 1855661748

ISBN-13: 9781855661745

This number of reports by way of eighteen well-known theorists and critics bargains a various landscape of the trendy Spanish novel visible in the course of the prism of Spain's contemporary political, cultural and ideological background. It considers the advance of the radical as a social reflect and as a altering literary shape, torn among the culture of stern realism and the aesthetics of rupture affecting all Western literature from the Avant-Garde to the Postmodern age. whereas a few essays emphasise the Spanish cultural context and canonical writers, others are of a broader nature, grouping lesser-known writers lower than definite literary developments: the metaphysical novel, the city novel, recuperative money owed of the Civil conflict, female first-person narrations, and the increase of the preferred detective, historic, and erotic novels. 3 stories deal with the resurgence of the Catalan, Basque and Galician novel and their departure from a poetics of identification to 1 of world issues. Interdisciplinary techniques handle the reciprocal affects of literature and cinema, and the results of at the intake of fiction usually are not forgotten. The better half presents considerable bibliographies and a priceless chronology, whereas all titles and quotations are translated into English.

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The three volumes of El ruedo ibérico – La corte de los milagros (1927), Viva mi dueño (1928), and Baza de espadas (1958) – deconstructed the ideological alibis used to justify the many historical errors and abuses that Valle identified, in particular the manipulation of society for their own ends by dominant groups such as the armed forces, the Catholic Church, and the political class. The apocalyptic and fantastic vision of the country that emerged from Valle-Inclán’s esperpentos served as a dire warning concerning the destructive tendencies of the Spanish collective psyche that had shaped modern Spanish history into a process of unremitting internal confrontation that led eventually to civil war.

The characters of Martín Gaite’s Retahílas (1974) and *El cuarto de atrás (1978), or those in Esther Tusquets’ *Varada tras el último naufragio (1980) and *Para no volver (1985) are conditioned by a repressive environment and yet they engage in a personal struggle defined primarily by their gender rather than by politics. Women’s fiction helped to make the subjective the core of the literary text. Another important strand in this renewed interest in fiction was the emergence of a hybrid: the detective story infused with social and political commentary.

Unamuno’s literary vision is usually associated with the principles of high modernism and especially with the privileging of the author as both center of creation and representative of society as a whole. Another important contribution was his questioning of traditional genre divisions. Novel, drama, essay, and poetry are all invoked to make the work of art didactic as well as entertaining and enjoyable. As for other major European modernist writers, literature for Unamuno became a way in which we may compensate for the shortcomings of natural science when it comes to explaining and interpreting the world.

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