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La literatura y sus pueblos: Demopoéticas de la España liberal (1834-1854)
by Baena, Diego, Ph.D., Princeton University, 2020, 323; 27738435
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation, entitled La literatura y sus pueblos: demopoéticas de la España liberal (1834-1854) (Literautre and its peoples: demopoetics in Liberal Spain, 1934-1854) explores the intersection between popular literacy, various forms of popular media, censorship, and dissident political cultures in nineteenth-century Spain, with a special focus on the era of liberal rule known as the Período Isabelino. Through an analysis of various republican, “utopian” socialist, or otherwise dissident political authors, and forms of popular media ranging from the folletín novel to the largely anonymous forms of “minor” graphic and performed literature known as literatura de cordel, my thesis seeks to bring attention to an oft-neglected period in Iberian cultural history during which many ordinary people would either learn or teach themselves to read (often in the absence of a truly free and widely accessible state education system), and during which, to my mind, the first foundations of a radically egalitarian, democratic, and anti-authoritarian grass-roots political culture were lain.

Chapters 1 and 2 serve as a historical and political contextualization of the time period in question, seeking to identify as well as criticize main trends in contemporary scholarship on the pro-democratic political cultures, popular reading cultures, and grass-roots revolutionary activism of the mid-nineteenth century (as well as the disputed relationship of said forms of activism to the early labor movement). Chapter 3 analyzes an array of dissident authors and cultural artifacts from the first half of the Isabelino period (1840-1854), varyingly placed by the extant historiography into the categories of either ‘popular,’ ‘populist,’ ‘minor,’ or ‘mass’ literature, that display either explicit or at-times cryptic political sympathies for republicanism and/or the ideas of so-called ‘utopian’ socialism.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Labrador, Germán
Commitee: Loureiro, Ángel, Nouzeilles, Gabriela, Labanyi, Jo, del Valle, José
School: Princeton University
Department: Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: DAI-A 81/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Literature, History
Keywords: Dissident political cultures, Labor history, Popular literature, Republicanism, Revolutions, Social history
Publication Number: 27738435
ISBN: 9798607308131
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