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La ciudad como espacio de transgresión y decadencia en la novela finisecular (la trilogía La lucha por la vida de Pío Baroja)

Authors
Journal
Anales de Literatura Española
0212-5889
Publisher
Publicaciones Universidad de Alicante
Publication Date
Keywords
  • Novela Urbana
  • Barrios Bajos
  • Miseria
  • Siglo Xix
  • Antropología
  • Baroja
  • Pío
  • Urban Novel
  • Suburbs
  • Poverty
  • 19Th Century
  • Anthropology
  • Literatura Española
Disciplines
  • Anthropology
  • Literature

Abstract

The nineteenth century inaugurates the urban realist novel which embodies different and numerous representations of urban space. Undoudtedly, urban space can be viewed as an metaphoric microcosm of Spain. When depicting marginalized suburbs and districts, Pío Baroja gives new legitimacy to themes which had been traditionally considered as unworthy of literary representation and some of his novels, La busca, Mala hierba, and, to some extent, Aurora roja swarm with anthropological and social details. Pío Baroja scrupulously details life in the poor suburbs of Madrid and the unprecedented density of these representations evoke some of the most acute penal, social and scientific issues debated by social reformists.

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