Power and Dissent: Larra and Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Spain

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An investigation into how Larra (pseudonym Fígaro) exposes the power relations that exist between and among individuals and the classes that form 'society,' this work provides a close reading in a postmodern vein of the satirical writer's duly famous articles penned and published mostly between March 1835 and the summer of 1836. Casting light on the development of Larra's thought on power relations at this critical stage of his political life, this study offers a chronological, step-by-step analysis of the ...

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Overview

An investigation into how Larra (pseudonym Fígaro) exposes the power relations that exist between and among individuals and the classes that form 'society,' this work provides a close reading in a postmodern vein of the satirical writer's duly famous articles penned and published mostly between March 1835 and the summer of 1836. Casting light on the development of Larra's thought on power relations at this critical stage of his political life, this study offers a chronological, step-by-step analysis of the evolution of Larra's thoughts on power and politics. Inspired by the practices of the new historicists, especially Michel Foucault, Schurlknight presents Larra's essays as the Romantic's own subversive discourse opposing the official discourses of truth that attempt to maintain, in the 1830s in Spain, the domination of an elitist minority over the other classes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611483260
  • Publisher: Bucknell University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald E. Schurlknight is professor of Spanish at Wayne State University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

A Note on Translations 9

Introduction 13

1 Of Society: Its Production, Its Nature 29

2 "Un reo de muerte" and the Subversion of Authority 41

3 A Trip Abroad and a Cuasi Disengagement from the Political Scene 49

4 A Renewed Engagement with Politics 55

5 "Los barateros o el desafio y la pena de muerte": Zenith of Lana's Liberalism 88

6 May 1836: A Turning Point 105

7 Lana's "Silence" and the Consequences 135

Conclusion: From Opposition to Complicity 145

Epilogue 151

Appendix 157

Notes 163

Bibliography 175

Index 179

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