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Idle fictions : the Hispanic vanguard novel, 1926-1934 /
Gustavo Pérez Firmat.
imprint
Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 1982.
description
xi, 174 p.
ISBN
0822305283 :
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imprint
Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 1982.
isbn
0822305283 :
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
2673458
 
Bibliography: p. [159]-168. [159]-168.
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"Pérez Firmat provides rich insight into the esthetic values and the artistic tensions that prevailed in the '20s and '30s (not only in the Hispanic world). His is a book of consummate originality that bears the imprint of a critic as strong-minded as he is perceptive. It is certainly a work of enviable maturity."-John W. Kronik, Cornell University
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The "idle fictions" of the vanguard novel of the 1920s and 1930s in Spain and Spanish America represented a kind of interlude of playfulness--a vacation or parenthetical insertion--in what was perceived as the established course of the modern Hispanic novel's development. Yet, as Pérez Firmat argues, though this genre saw itself as recreative and interstitial, it deliberately precipitated "a class war not between social classes but between literary classes." Concentrating on source material not widely available, Pérez Firmat reconstructs the reception these novels received at the time of their publication, then develops a reading of them based on the intellectual context of this reception. A new preface and an appendix on vanguard biographies have been added to this paperback edition.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction
Criticism
The Vanguard Novel as a Discursive Category
A Pneumatic Aesthetics
Novels
Closed World
Decharacterization
From Palimpsest to Pastiche
The Novel as Matrass
Conclusion: Hermes in and out of the Subway
Notes
Bibliography
Appendix: Vanguard Saints
Index
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