Title

The Spanish “Social Novel” of the Fifties in its Eurean Context: The Case of Juan García Hortelano

Subject Area

Spanish Peninsular Studies

Abstract

This paper deals with the “social novel” during the Franco era in Spain and in
the larger European context of the time, focusing on the work of Juan García Hortelano, one of the most important exponents of the genre. More specifically, I analyze one of his novels – Nuevas amistades (1959)–and I emphasize not only the sociopolitical implications of the text specific to the Franco era, but also the larger human questions relevant for any literary work.

Brief Bio Note

Dr. Santiago received her B.A. degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Georgia.
Her teaching and research interests include 19th and 20thcentury Spanish and Latin American literature and culture, Caribbean women writers, and Hispanic cinema. She has published a number of articles in these fields as well as a book, El costumbrismo en la prensa puertorriqueña del siglo XIX, with Editorial Pliegos in Madrid.

Keywords

Fiction as social critique, Marxist criticism, Literature and politics, Structural irony, Multiple point of view

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

4-7-2016 10:30 AM

End Date

4-7-2016 10:50 AM

Embargo

11-13-2015

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The Spanish “Social Novel” of the Fifties in its Eurean Context: The Case of Juan García Hortelano

This paper deals with the “social novel” during the Franco era in Spain and in
the larger European context of the time, focusing on the work of Juan García Hortelano, one of the most important exponents of the genre. More specifically, I analyze one of his novels – Nuevas amistades (1959)–and I emphasize not only the sociopolitical implications of the text specific to the Franco era, but also the larger human questions relevant for any literary work.