Galdos

Overview

Benito Perez Galdos has been described as 'the greatest Spanish novelist since Cervantes.' His work constitutes a major contribution to the nineteenth-century novel, rivalling that of Dickens of Balzac and making him an essential candidate for any course on the fiction of the period.

Jo Labanyi's study is supported by a wide-rangting introduction, a section of contemporary comment, headnotes to each piece and helpful appendix material.

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Overview

Benito Perez Galdos has been described as 'the greatest Spanish novelist since Cervantes.' His work constitutes a major contribution to the nineteenth-century novel, rivalling that of Dickens of Balzac and making him an essential candidate for any course on the fiction of the period.

Jo Labanyi's study is supported by a wide-rangting introduction, a section of contemporary comment, headnotes to each piece and helpful appendix material.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582085305
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Modern Literatures In Perspective Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Galdos and the modern reader 1
The Spanish cultural context 2
The press, publishing and the reading public 7
Problems of political interpretation 9
Women - in life and fiction 11
The response to the European novel 13
The critical tradition 15
How to use this book 18
Chronology 21
Pt. 1 Contemporary Documents 27
1 Some Observations on the Contemporary Novel in Spain 29
2 Present-day Society as Material for the Novel 35
3 Preface to 1913 Edition of Misericordia 40
4 Review of Part 1 of La desheredada 43
5 Review of Tristana 49
Pt. 2 Critical Readings 55
6 The Spoken Word and Fortunata and Jacinta 57
7 Reality and Fiction in the Novels of Galdos 77
8 The Use of Distance in Galdos's La de Bringas 103
9 Individual, Class and Society in Fortunata and Jacinta 116
10 Galdos and the Nineteenth-Century Novel: The Need for an Interdisciplinary Approach 140
11 Our Friend Manso and the Game of Fictive Autonomy 157
12 Identities and Differences in the Torquemada Novels of Galdos 181
13 Silences and Changes of Direction: On the Historical Determination of Galdos's Fiction 199
14 Angel Guerra, or the Monster Novel 218
15 Galdos's Gloria: A Re-vision 235
Glossary 248
Notes on Authors 257
Bibliography 258
Index 265
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