Old Spain and New Spain: The Travel Narratives of Camilo José Cela

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2004 - Fiction - 265 pages
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This is the first, book-length study of the six travel narratives published by the 1989 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Preliminary chapters focus on technical and thematic aspects of travel-writing, and on the author's approach to the genre. Cela's travel works, which appeared between 1948 and 1986, are examined in turn, with a focus on the construction of the narratives and also on the themes that are developed in each of them. There is an assessment of the author's treatment of topographical, cultural, historical, and social material in his accounts of the journeys he made through various areas and regions of Spain, as well as a consideration of the way in which these narratives reflect changes taking place in Spain during the Franco regime and in the decade following the dictator's death. David Henn teaches modern Spanish fiction, drama, and travel literature at University College London.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Acknowledgments
11
Introduction Contexts and Approaches in Travel Writing
15
Celas Views on Travel and Travel Writing
25
The Approach to the Alcarria
39
Capturing the Present in Celas Geography of the Alcarria
69
Fact and Fiction Del Mino al Bidasoa
97
Past and Present JudCos morM y crbtianos
126
History and the Arts Primer viaje andaluz
160
Geography and a Changing Landscape Viaje al Pirineo de Lerida
191
Postscript Nuevo viaje a La Alcarria
213
Conclusion
239
Notes
243
Bibliography
254
Index
260
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