Cambridge History of Spanish Literature

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This comprehensive history of Spanish literature brings together experts from the US, the UK, and Spain to survey the range of Spanish literature from the early Middle Ages to the present day. The "classics" of the canon of eleven centuries of Spanish literature are fully covered, but attention is also paid to lesser known writers and works. This invaluable book contains an introduction, more than fifty substantial chapters, a chronology of history, literature and art, and a comprehensive index.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This impressive history of the literature of Spain sets a new standard of excellence. Essential."
CHOICE July 2005

"Giles has chosen an eminent group of scholars from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Spain to collaborate with him on the project, and the result is an incisive, thorough, and varied presentation of texts, authors, currents, and movements...They negotiate the old and the new with relative ease. Their scholarly criteria are rigorous, and their subjective critical acumen becomes part of the frame. Along with the factual information that is associated with manuals of literature, this history bears the imprint of distinct and compelling analytical processes. The book is an admirable reference tool and a treat to read."
-, Edward H. Friedman, Vanderbilt University, Renaissance Quarterly

"David T. Gies...has joined with 46 other distinguished scholars to produce a seminal work on Spain's rich literary history....This outstanding reference tool is an essential purchase."
- American Reference Books Annual

"None of the previous, similar compilations in extensive or inclusive enough, to compare to the long overdue contribution this terrific reference makes. It overflows with information deftly presented by some of the top international scholars."
Jasmina Arsova, University of California, Los Angeles

"David T. Giles and his fellow collaborator's Cambridge History is a long-overdue comprehensive English-language approach to Spanish Literature."
Angila Willis, Davidson College, Letras Peninsulares

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521738699
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 998
  • Sales rank: 997,254
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David T. Gies is Professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction David T. Gies; Part II. History and Canonicity: 1. Literary history and canon formation Wadda Ríos Font; Part III. The Medieval Period: 2. Medieval Spanish literature in the twenty-first century John Dagenais; 3. Beginnings Maria Rosa Menocal; 4. The poetry of medieval Spain Andrew M. Beresford; 5. Medieval Spanish prose James Burke; 6. The medieval theater: between Scriptura and Teatrica Charlotte Stern; Part IV. Early Modern Spain: Renaissance and Baroque: 7. Renaissance and Baroque: continuity and transformation in early modern Spain Jeremy Robbins; 8. Religious literature in early modern Spain Alison P. Weber; 9. Renaissance poetry Julian Weiss; 10. Antecedents of the novel in sixteenth-century Spain E. Michael Gerli; 11. Miguel de Cervantes Anthony J. Close; 12. The making of Baroque poetry Mary R. Gaylord; 13. The development of national theater Margaret Greer; 14. Lope Félix de Vega Carpio Victor Dixon; 15. Pedro Calderón de la Barca Evangelina Rodríguez Cuadros; 16. Didactic prose, history, politics, life writing, convent writing, Crónicas de Indias Jorge Checa; Part V. The Enlightenment and Neoclassicism: 17. Spain and enlightenment Philip Deacon; 18. Eighteenth-century neoclassicism Philip Deacon; 19. Eighteenth-century prose writing Joaquín Álvarez Barrientos; 20. Eighteenth-century poetry Joaquín Álvarez Barrientos; 21. Neoclassicial vs. popular theater Joaquín Álvarez Barrientos; Part VI. The Forging of a Nation: the Nineteenth Century: 22. Romanticism in Spain Derek Flitter; 23. The theater in Romantic Spain David T. Gies; 24. Martino José de Larra Gregorio C. Martín; 25. Romantic poetry Susan Kirkpatrick; 26. Romantic prose, journalism and Costumbrismo Michael Iarocci; 27. Benito Pérez Galdós Harriet S. Turner; 28. The realist novel Stephen Miller; 29. The naturalist novel Stephen Miller; 30. The theater in post-Romantic Spain David T. Gies; 31. Poetry in the second half of the nineteenth century María Ángeles Naval; Part VII. The Modern, Modernismo, and the Turn of the Century: 32. Nineteenth-century women writers Lou Charnon-Deutsch; 33. The Catalan Renaixença Joan Ramon Resina; 34. Great masters of Spanish modernism Nil Santiáñez; 35. The poetry of Modernismo in Spain Richard Cardwell; 36. Modernism in Catalonia Joan Ramon Resina; 37. Modernist narrative in the nineteen-twenties C. A. Longhurst; 38. Noucentisme Joan Ramon Resina; 39. Ideas, aesthetics, historical studies Nelson Orringer; 40. The Catalan avant-garde Joan Ramon Resina; Part VIII. Twentieth-Century Spain and the Civil War: 41. Poetry between 1920–40 Enric Bou; 42. Prose: early twentieth century Nigel Dennis; 43. The commercial stage, 1900–36 Dru Dougherty; 44. Theatrical reform and renewal, 1900–36 Dru Dougherty; 45. Federico García Lorca Andrew A. Anderson; Part IX. In and out of Franco Spain: 46. The literature of Franco Spain, 1939–75 Michael Ugarte; 47. Twentieth-century literature in exile José María Naharro Calderón; 48. Prose in Franco Spain Janet Perez; 49. Poetry in Franco Spain Guillermo Carnero; 50. Theater in Franco Spain Martha Halsey; 51. Film censorship under Franco, 1937–75 Marvin D'Lugo; Part X. Post-Franco Spanish Literature and Film: 52. Spanish literature between the Franco and post-Franco eras José Carlos Mainer; 53. Post-Franco poetry Juan Cano Ballesta; 54. Post-Franco prose Brad Epps; 55. Post-Franco theater Sharon Feldman; 56. Spanish literature and the language of the new media Susan Martin-Marquez; Bibliography.

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