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Re-reading Pío Baroja and English Literature


Katharine Murphy

This volume investigates a broad range of structural connections between PThis volume investigates a broad range of structural connections between Pío Baroja’s early fiction and the novels of his contemporaries in England and Ireland, with prominence given to Joseph Conrad, Thomas Hardy, E. M. Forster and James Joyce. Starting from the premise that Spain has been neglected in studies which assess the evolution of the European novel at the turn of the twentieth century, and challenging the insular concept of the ‘Generation of 1898’, the author reassesses the relationship between Baroja and English literature.
Particular emphasis is given to renderings of consciousness, the role and identity of the artist, European landscapes, and questions of form, genre and representation in the novels under scrutiny. The book produces new readings of Baroja in the context of early twentieth-century English fiction.
Contents: Capturing Consciousness: Defining the Artist in Camino de perfección and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Subjective Vision in El árbol de la ciencia and Jude the Obscure – European Perspectives: The Processed Landscape: Italy as Image in El laberinto de las sirenas and Where Angels Fear to Tread; Intertexts in the City: London in La ciudad de la niebla and Six English Novels – Genre and Representation: Narrative Obliqueness and the Expressive Centre: Las inquietudes de Shanti Andía and Heart of Darkness; Transgressions in Genre: Re-reading Tragedy in El Mayorazgo de Labraz and The Mayor of Casterbridge; Authorship and the Textual Mirrors of El mundo es ansí and Under Western Eyes.