Visions of Filth: Deviancy and Social Control in the Novels of Galdos

Visions of Filth: Deviancy and Social Control in the Novels of Galdos

by Teresa Fuentes Peris
     
 

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This book explores how notions of deviancy and social control are dramatized in the novels of the late nineteenth-century Spanish realist author Benito Pérez Galdós. Galdós' treatment of prostitutes, alcoholics, beggars and vagrants is studied within the context of the socio-cultural and medical debates circulating during the period. Drawing on

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This book explores how notions of deviancy and social control are dramatized in the novels of the late nineteenth-century Spanish realist author Benito Pérez Galdós. Galdós' treatment of prostitutes, alcoholics, beggars and vagrants is studied within the context of the socio-cultural and medical debates circulating during the period. Drawing on Foucault's very specific conceptualisation of the idea of control through discourses, the book analyses how Galdós's novels interacted with contemporary debates on poverty and deviancy - notably, discourses on hygiene, domesticity and philanthropy. It is proposed that Galdós' view of marginal social groups was much more open-minded, shrewd and liberal than the often inflexible pronouncements made by contemporary professional voices.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780853237181
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1710L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Teresa Peris Fuentes is Professor in the Spanish at University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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