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Abstract

This paper analyzes the relationship that La gran aldea (1884) proposes between the lower-middle classes and the Argentinean process of modernization in order to criticize the lack of progress due to socio-economic factors. The author, a member of the Generation of 1880, shows this criticism in the text in aspects such as education, the mix of social classes, family disintegration, the contrast between Buenos Aires in 1862 and 1882, immigration and the deficient role that the upper classes played in the development of a strong national industry and economy.

Bio Note

Vicente Gomis-Izquierdo is an assistant professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and specializes in XIX century Spanish and Spanish American literature, with a special emphasis on class and gender issues and the different representations of progress. His articles can be found in such journals as Hispanófila or Siglo XIX.

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