Allegories of Decadence in Fin-de-siecle Spain: The Female Consumer in the Novels of Emilia Pardo Bazan and Benito Perez Galdos

Allegories of Decadence in Fin-de-siecle Spain: The Female Consumer in the Novels of Emilia Pardo Bazan and Benito Perez Galdos

By: Lara Anderson (author)Hardback

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This work examines the connections between national decadence and the figure of the female spendthrift in seven novels from the combined literary opus of Emilia Pardo Bazan (1851-1921) and Benito Perez Galdos (1843-1920). This study draws on critical perspectives offered by several disciplines in its explanation of the relationship between consumerism and on Spanish decadence and modernity.

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About Author

Lara Anderson is Convenor of Spanish at the University of Melbourne.

Contents

Preface by Joyce Tolliver; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Constructs of Consumerism, Details of Decadence; I. Diagnosing Decadence and Curing Consumerism; II. The Regeneration of the Nation and its National Legends; III. Lo cursi and National Decadence; IV. Emulation, Imitation and Decline; Consuming Women as Allegory for National Decadence; V. Trade Deficit and Decadence; VI. Nations Destroyed and Built; Conclusion; Select Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/10/2006
  • ISBN13: 9780773456105
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 148
  • ID: 9780773456105
  • ISBN10: 0773456104

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