The Cambridge History of Spanish Literature by David T. Gies

By David T. Gies

This complete background of Spanish literature brings jointly specialists from the USA, the united kingdom, and Spain to survey the diversity of Spanish literature from the early center a while to the current day. The "classics" of the canon of 11 centuries of Spanish literature are totally coated, yet realization can also be paid to lesser recognized writers and works. This beneficial e-book includes an creation, greater than fifty gigantic chapters, a chronology of heritage, literature and paintings, and a entire index.

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Does one “forget” for ideological reasons? For aesthetic reasons? For reasons of structure or space or power or mere convenience? If the accumulated memory of individuals, groups, or nations informs the act of making literary history, then, whose memory is it? ” Is it a gendered memory? A racial memory? Or is it a web of opinion – “opinion with dates,” as Vald´es calls literary history,5 a personalized selection based on – what? – taste, availability, popularity, influence, aesthetic impact, ideological content, thematic concerns, or chance encounters?

Mario Vald´es invites us to consider such period groupings as “ideational cultural systems” rather than narrow temporal categories,10 and we would do well to heed this advice. 8 9 ´ ´ Candido Mar´ıa Trigueros, Discurso sobre el estudio metodico de la Historia literaria (Madrid: Benito Cano, 1790), pp. 27–28. 10 Perkins, Literary History, p. 126. Vald´es, “Literary History,” p. 69. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 6 Introduction It may be that we have lost our innocence, and our confidence, as literary historians.

To what degree can these contested areas co-exist? Are hegemony and, concurrently, cultural imperialism the inevitable end products of a shared heritage? There is clearly no percentage, no mathematical formula which can be accessed to resolve this tension. Quotas are hardly ´ 5% Basque? 3% Gallego? 2% the answer (75% Castilian? 15% Catalan? ); such renderings are obviously absurd and unhelpful. Perhaps an even more important question would be: why are we so afraid of nationalism today? ), Rethinking Literary History, p.

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