Galdos

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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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Hardcover Fine UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0582085292, 280 pages. (Benito Perez Galdos (1843-1920) is Spain's major 19th-century realist ... writer. Influenced by Balzac, Dickens, Zola and Tolstoy, his work charts the consolidation and decline of the bourgeoisie in late 19th-century Spain. He charts the insecurities of this group particularly through its gender relationships, making him a significant writer for feminists. This anthology examines the Galdos technique of using everyday melodrama to his advantage and offers a variety of critical and textual interpretations including linguistic, comparative, New Critical, Marxist, Feminist and metafictional. All the essays are supported by a wide-ranging introduction, headnotes to each piece and full appendices. The book contains a section on contemporary comment, which includes Galdos's own reflections on his work. The Appendix gives information on key terms and cultural figures of the period for readers unfamiliar with 19th Read more Show Less

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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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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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