A Companion to Miguel de Unamuno

A Companion to Miguel de Unamuno

Edited by Julia Biggane, John Macklin

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Surveys the thought and literary work of a towering figure in twentieth-century Spanish cultural and political life.
As a novelist, dramatist, essayist, poet and public intellectual, Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936) was a strikingly energetic and prolific writer, and a towering figure in twentieth-century Spanish cultural and political life. His work explored fundamental questions about existence and identity (both individual and national).Widely recognised and translated during his lifetime, he was an inescapably canonical figure on university syllabi across Europe and the Americas for many years after his death, and still appears on many curricula. In this Companion, a range of distinguished scholars with very different approaches both survey Unamuno's work chronologically, analysing major developments and turning points or breaks as well as continuities, and further study key themes and preoccupations across his prolific narrative, theatrical and essay output. All contributors offer not just incisive discussion of the texts or topics studied, but also a balanced overview of issues and debates arising in Unamuno studies.

Julia Biggane is senior lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Aberdeen. She is a general editor of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies, and director of the Sir Herbert Grierson Centre for Textual Criticism and Comparative Literary History at the University of Aberdeen.

John Macklin was Professor of Hispanic Studies and Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Glasgow. In 1994, he was made a Commander of the Order of Isabel la Católica by King Juan Carlos of Spain.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Julia Biggane
Unamuno before 1902: Writing Nation, History and Politics - Jean-Claude Rabate
Writing Vital Struggle: Unamuno's Narrative Fiction 1902-1923 - Julia Biggane
Exile 1924-1930: Essays, Narrative, and Drama - Stephen G.H. Roberts
Return from Exile: Politics and Poetics 1930-1936 - Pedro Ribas Ribas
Faith and Existence - Sandro Borzoni
Wordgames: Unamuno and the Primacy of Language - C Alex Longhurst
A Question of Ethics: Exploring Issues of Right and Wrong in Unamuno - Alison Sinclair
The Necessary Enemy or the Hated Friend: Self and Other in Unamuno - Gareth Wood
From Separate Spheres to Unilateral Androgyny: Gender and Sexuality in the Work of Unamuno - Julia Biggane
Quixotic Unamuno: Cervantes in Unamuno's Thought and Fiction - J.A. Garrido Ardila
Landscapes of the Soul: Unamuno's Travel Writing - Ramón F. Llorens Garcia
List of Contributors - Julia Biggane
Bibliography - Julia Biggane
Index - Julia Biggane


[A] well thought-out and extremely useful book for the study of Unamuno's work..We now have a Companion which could not be better to guide us through its depths. IBEROAMERICANARIA [M]akes for compelling reading. YEARS WORK IN MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES

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