Crossfire: Philosophy and the Novel in Spain, 1900-1934

Crossfire: Philosophy and the Novel in Spain, 1900-1934

by Roberta Johnson
     
 

The marriage of philosophy and fiction in the first third of Spain's twentieth century was a fertile one. It produced some truly notable offspring - novels that cross genre boundaries to find innovative forms, and treatises that fuse literature and philosophy in new ways. In her illuminating interdisciplinary study of Spanish fiction of the "Silver Age," Roberta… See more details below

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The marriage of philosophy and fiction in the first third of Spain's twentieth century was a fertile one. It produced some truly notable offspring - novels that cross genre boundaries to find innovative forms, and treatises that fuse literature and philosophy in new ways. In her illuminating interdisciplinary study of Spanish fiction of the "Silver Age," Roberta Johnson places this important body of Spanish literature in context through a synthesis of social, literary, and philosophical history. Her examination of the work of Miguel de Unamuno, Pio Baroja, Azorin, Ramon Perez de Ayala, Juan Ramon Jimenez, Gabriel Miro, Pedro Salinas, Rosa Chacel, and Benjamin Jarnes brings to light philosophical frictions and debates and opens new interpersonal and intertextual perspectives on many of the period's most canonical novels. Johnson reformulates the traditional discussion of generations and "isms" by viewing the period as an intergenerational complex in which writers with similar philosophical and personal interests constituted dynamic groupings that interacted and constantly defined and redefined one another. Current narratological theories, including those of Todorov, Genette, Bakhtin, and Martinez Bonati, assist in teasing out the intertextual maneuvers and philosophical conflicts embedded in the novels of the period, while the sociological and biographical material bridges the philosophical and literary analyses. The result, solidly grounded in original archival research, is a convincingly complete picture of Spain's intellectual world in the first thirty years of this century. Crossfire should revolutionize thinking about the Generation of '98 and the Generation of '14 by identifying the heterogeneous philosophical sources of each and the writers' reactions to them in fiction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813118246
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
06/28/1993
Series:
Studies in Romance Languages
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1The Generation of '98: Early Philosophical and Personal Wars16
2Unamuno: A Bold New Hybrid35
3Baroja: A Solution to the Problem of Will49
4Martinez Ruiz: An Answer to Baroja's Solution70
5Unamuno: Last Attack on Rationalism88
6Baroja: Farewell to the Philosophical Novel105
7The Generation of '14: Taking the Lead121
8Perez de Ayala: Parody Wed to Aesthetic Theory133
9Juan Ramon Jimenez and Gabriel Miro: Kunstlerromane154
10Salinas, Chacel, and Jarne's: The Vanguardist Philosophical Novel172
Postscript190
Notes192
Selected Bibliography217
Index226

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