Academic journal article Hispanic Review

Valle-Inclan Y la Novela Popular: La Cara De Dios

Academic journal article Hispanic Review

Valle-Inclan Y la Novela Popular: La Cara De Dios

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Valle-Inclan y la novela popular: La Cara de Dios. By Catalina Minguez Vilas. Santiago de Compostela: U de Santiago de Compostela, 1998. 159 pages.

In her recent well-informed and perceptive study of Ramon del Valle-- Inclan's first novel, La Cara de Dios, Catalina Minguez Vilas advances our understanding of this problematic work as she explores aspects of a certain popular literary tradition in place in Spain at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, a tradition explaining, in part, why La Cara de Dios is the way it is. Moreover, in her booklength study, Minguez Vilas considers aspects of the topics she discusses in light of Don Ram6n's subsequent literary corpus.

Minguez Vilas has written an almost exhaustive book on La Cara de Dios. Among the topics she discusses are: the textual history of the novel; its intratextual and intertextual connections with other of Valle's texts and with certain literary works authored by, among others, Arniches, Dostoyevsky, Baroja; the placement of the novel in a known novelistic tradition-the popular mystery novel--; and the many narratological characteristics of the work. In her analysis of the intertextual dimension of La Cara de Dios she has depended heavily on the seminal work conducted by Gerard Genette on this concept. This was done by her as she took into account the views of other specialists in the field.

As her book begins, Minguez Vilas shares with her readers an important conclusion concerning Valle's art in 1900: "En definitiva, los inicios de Valle-Inclan como escritor representan una sucesion de tanteos, una busqueda de nuevos caminos estetico-literarios para imprimir una huella de renovacion y modernidad a su obra" (19). This statement is applicable as well to many of Valle-Inclan's more mature works, literary creations in which one detects his search for a more authentic and effective artistic creation (Tirano Banderas being an excellent example of his search for a new type of novel and of his use of experimental techniques). …

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