By Marta E. Altisent
This number of reviews through eighteen trendy theorists and critics bargains a various landscape of the trendy Spanish novel visible in the course of the prism of Spain's fresh political, cultural and ideological background. It considers the advance of the unconventional as a social reflect and as a altering literary shape, torn among the culture of stern realism and the aesthetics of rupture affecting all Western literature from the Avant-Garde to the Postmodern age. whereas a few essays emphasise the Spanish cultural context and canonical writers, others are of a broader nature, grouping lesser-known writers less than sure literary developments: the metaphysical novel, the city novel, recuperative bills of the Civil warfare, female first-person narrations, and the increase of the preferred detective, ancient, and erotic novels. 3 reports handle the resurgence of the Catalan, Basque and Galician novel and their departure from a poetics of id to 1 of world issues. Interdisciplinary techniques handle the reciprocal affects of literature and cinema, and the results of at the intake of fiction aren't forgotten. The significant other offers considerable bibliographies and a useful chronology, whereas all titles and quotations are translated into English.
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A Companion to the Twentieth-Century Spanish Novel (MonografÃas A) (Monografías A) by Marta E. Altisent