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The Cambridge Companion to the Spanish Novel: From 1600 to by Harriet Turner, Adelaida López de Martínez

By Harriet Turner, Adelaida López de Martínez

Providing the advance of the fashionable Spanish novel from 1600 to the current, this better half attracts at the mixed legacies of Don Quijote and the traditions of the picaresque novel. Essays specialise in invention and scan and look at the function performed through old occasions and cultural contexts within the Spanish novel's evolution. together with a chronology and advisor to extra analyzing, the survey unearths the leading edge suggestions characterizing the Spanish novel in addition to the debates surrounding it.

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De Alfarache. Let us see how this mix of burlas and veras works in Guzman ´ arrives at After running away from his home and his mother’s care, Guzman an inn, tired and famished after his first day’s hike, seeing the place with the rose-tinted expectation with which Columbus first sighted the Indies (Part i, Book i, Chapter 3). The violent disillusion that he suffers is preceded by a distinction between two types of affliction: first, those sent by divine providence to test and temper the soul, “most precious jewels covered with a thin layer of dust” (i, 107) from which God retrieves the faithful, spiritually enriched; secondly, those brought upon the sinner by his own folly, which bring only material and spiritual harm.

Examples are the black bunches of ´ Rub´ın, hair that bustle about the “balconies” of nose and ear of Nicolas Maxi’s incipient baldness, Fortunata’s tumbling dark curls, or the treacherous Aurora’s thinning hair. Trifling things – menudencias – and important ´ two entwined political, social, and historical events collude to tell Galdos’s stories of married women. By the twentieth century, the motif of body hair takes on a temporal dimen´ sion, appearing in Rosa Montero’s Cronica del desamor (Absent Love, 1979) as a sign of the passage of time and an improbable future, each bracketing, as it were, an acute recognition of the suffering caused by the traditional gender roles that a patriarchal society assigns to men and women.

Garc´ıa Marquez, Chronicle of A Death Foretold. Alice Walker, The Color Purple. The Vatican issues “Theology of Liberation,” a document ´ Fernando Zobel, ´ warning against Marxism. Miro, Jorge ´ Guill´en, Vicente Aleixandre, Julio Cortazar die. Chacel, ´ Acropolis. Marguerite Duras, The Lover. Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic. Saul Bellow, Him and His Foot in His Mouth. Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Updike, The Witches ´ Los santos inocentes (film version).

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