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Inventing high and low : literature, mass culture, and uneven modernity in Spain

Author: Stephanie Sieburth
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Dire word of the cultural threat of the lowbrow goes back at least to the ancient Greeks, and yet, Stephanie Sieburth suggests, no division between "high" and "low" culture will stand up to logical scrutiny. Why, then, does the opposition persist? In this book Sieburth questions the terms of this perennial debate and uncovers the deep cultural, economic, and psychological tensions that lead each generation to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Literary criticism
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sieburth, Stephanie Anne.
Inventing high and low.
Durham : Duke University Press, 1994
(DLC) 93038920
(OCoLC)29310702
Named Person: Benito Pérez Galdós; Juan Goytisolo; Carmen Martín Gaite; Juan Goytisolo; Carmen Martín Gaite; Benito Pérez Galdós
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie Sieburth
OCLC Number: 682094151
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 280 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction : The high/low opposition and the Spanish novel --
Modernity and narration in Galdos's La desheredada --
Separate and unequal : literature's polemic against mass culture in La desheredada --
Fusion of genres, distinction of genders : a recipe for partial social change in Galdos's Tormento --
Apocalypse again : mass culture, misogyny, and the canon in Goytisolo's Reivindicacion del conde don Julian --
Beyond high and low : Carmen Martin Gaite's El cuarto de atras --
Martin Gaite, Galdos, Goytisolo : dialogues on the role of culture --
Conclusion : Uneven modernization and the conditions of emergence of the Spanish mass cultural novel --
Appendix. Plot summaries.
Responsibility: Stephanie Sieburth.

Abstract:

"Dire word of the cultural threat of the lowbrow goes back at least to the ancient Greeks, and yet, Stephanie Sieburth suggests, no division between "high" and "low" culture will stand up to logical scrutiny. Why, then, does the opposition persist? In this book Sieburth questions the terms of this perennial debate and uncovers the deep cultural, economic, and psychological tensions that lead each generation to reinvent the distinction between high and low. She focuses on Spain, where this opposition plays a special role in notions of cultural development and where leading writers have often made the relation of literature to mass culture the theme of their novels. Choosing two historical moments of sweeping material and cultural change in Spanish history, Sieburth reads two novels from the 1880s (by Benito Pérez Galdós) and two from the 1970s (by Juan Goytisolo and Carmen Martín Gaite) as fictional theories about the impact of modernity on culture and politics. Her analysis reveals that the high/low division in the cultural sphere reinforces other kinds of separations--between social classes or between men and women--dear to the elite but endangered by progress. This tension, she shows, is particularly evident in Spain, where modernization has been a contradictory and uneven process, rarely accompanied by political freedom, and where consumerism and mass culture coexist uneasily with older ways of life"--Publisher's description

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"The depth and range of Sieburth's reinterpreations carry forward in original ways the full spectrum of concerns posed by current scholarship. The book makes a vital contribution to the interrelated Read more...

 
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