Language and Ideology in the Prose of Quevedo

Language and Ideology in the Prose of Quevedo

Language and Ideology in the Prose of Quevedo

Language and Ideology in the Prose of Quevedo

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Francisco de Quevedo was fated to live through that period of Spanish history in which his homeland's real power as an empire had begun its irreversible decline, while ever worsening economic problems assailed the country from within, overwhelming the abilities of the political leaders responsible for finding effective remedies. At the same time, many of these economic problems, along with a host of social ills--fraud, hypocrisy, ineptitude, the vanity of honra, and the prevalent urge to buy or scheme one's way into the ranks of the nobility--stimulated the satirical inventiveness of many of the most important writers of Spain's siglo de oro. Of all . . .

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