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J. A. Garrido Ardila

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641925

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641925.001.0001

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The Life and Works of Benito Pérez Galdós

The Life and Works of Benito Pérez Galdós

(p.275) 12 The Life and Works of Benito Pérez Galdós
A History of the Spanish Novel

Michael P. Predmore

Oxford University Press

This chapter situates Galdós’ novels in their Spanish and European contexts. It also presents an analysis of La de Bringas as a prime example of Galdós’ novels. It will show how the marriages of Pez and his wife, Carolina, and Bringas and his wife, Rosalía, reflect most accurately on the domestic level the alliances of political parties on the national level and their disruption by the intervention of the Catholic Church, its policies and morality. The chapter reveals the density of meaning and significance packed into this compact novel, and analyses it as a work of art, a unique and brilliant organization of all of its constituent parts into an expressive and significant form. La de Bringas, in both its representational and presentational dimensions, is a wonderful example of Galdós’ novelistic art at the height of his creative powers.

Keywords:   Galdós, realist novel, social novel, middle-class novel, historical novel

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