Benito Pérez Galdós Long Fiction Analysis
Through more than fifty years of literary creation, Benito Pérez Galdós’s work underwent an evolution, a process of growth that both reflected and harmonized with broader European novelistic movements. In general, these shifts suggest a change from didacticism to more thorough, realistic documentary and later to a kind of symbolic spiritualism.
Pérez Galdós’s initial orientation, however, was mostly historical. The Romantics had turned to the study of history in a desire to embrace the phenomenon of human temporality, but they had focused primarily on an atmosphere of the past—poetic, distant, and vague. Pérez Galdós and the realists inherited this historical sense, but utilized it primarily in an effort to...
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