Word and Flesh in the Novels of Unamuno
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: Purdue University Press
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My warmest thanks are due to the many illustrious unamunistas to whom I am so deeply indebted, and whose work, bridging the last half of the twentieth century, I have been able only partially to recognize in my text, notes, and bibliography. Very special ...
Introduction: Chiasmus, Word, and Flesh
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The venerable OED defines chiasmus as “a grammatical figure by which the order of words in one of two parallel clauses is inverted in the other.” Its Greek etymon, ...
Chapter One. History as Presence: Paz en la guerra
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As the Tolstoyan echo in its title indicates,1 Unamuno regarded his first novel, based on the Carlist War of 1872–76, as having been created within the great tradition of nineteenth-century historical fiction, and in the prologue to its second edition he ...
Chapter Two. Invention of the Nivola
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In his presentation of the traditionalist/liberal conflict in Paz en la guerra, Unamuno had shown that, like his Pachico Zabalbide, he could be simultaneously conservative and progressive, having both a spiritual need for intrahistoric continuity with ...
Chapter Three. Novels of Passion: Monsters of Will
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When Unamuno wrote in 1923 that the novels that followed Paz en la guerra were set “fuera de lugar y tiempo determinados, en esqueleto, a modo de dramas íntimos” (2: 91), he had already published the greater part of his narrative fiction, ...
Chapter Four. Lacquer Boxes: Cómo se hace una novela and the Return of the Nivola
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In 1914 Unamuno was summarily dismissed from his position as Rector of the University of Salamanca for reasons that Emilio Salcedo (188–90) supposes to be a combination of the indignation of conservatives over the heterodoxy of the recently ...
Chapter Five. The Return of Intrahistoria: San Manuel Bueno, mártir y tres historias más
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The narratives in Unamuno’s last book of fiction are so varied in character, setting, and tone that he felt a need to identify in his prologue the common thread uniting them, which he calls “el pavoroso problema de la personalidad, si uno es lo que es y ...
Chapter Six. Retrospect: The Great Chiasmus and Beyond
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A retrospective survey of these studies of structures and themes in Unamuno’s novels inevitably leads to a review of the major lines of commentary I have attempted to follow in the course...
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Page Count: 220
Publication Year: 2003
Series Title: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures