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Pepita Jiménez by Juan Valera (review)

Pepita Jiménez by Juan Valera (review) RESEÑAS 135 A NOTE ON BALZAC AND GALDÓS JUAN VALERA. Pepita Jiménez. Trad. Robert M. Fedorchek, intro. James Whiston. Aris & Phillips Spanish Classics. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2012. 295 pp. Robert G. Trimble Professor Fedorchek has produced an excellent translation to English of Juan Valera’s novel Pepita Jiménez, one of the most popular and delightful of Spain’s nineteenth century works of prose fiction. The exterior of the book gives pleasure to the eyes with the red and yellow colors of Spain’s national flag framing a picture of a comely young woman in widow’s black, an outfit she will leave soon after meeting the handsome seminarian hero of the novel. This edition will be very helpful to critics approaching the novel from many diverse points of view. The outstanding introduction by James Whiston suggests the many subjects that may be considered, from theology to Valera’s treatment of women. Perhaps most important is the historical perspective he provides of Spain at the time when Valera began writing Pepita Jiménez, the first of his eight completed novels. It was a time when the church was being forced to surrender some of its power to a more secular government. Indeed, the absolute authority http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anales Galdosianos Anales Galdosianos

Pepita Jiménez by Juan Valera (review)

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Anales Galdosianos
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2161-301X

Abstract

RESEÑAS 135 A NOTE ON BALZAC AND GALDÓS JUAN VALERA. Pepita Jiménez. Trad. Robert M. Fedorchek, intro. James Whiston. Aris & Phillips Spanish Classics. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2012. 295 pp. Robert G. Trimble Professor Fedorchek has produced an excellent translation to English of Juan Valera’s novel Pepita Jiménez, one of the most popular and delightful of Spain’s nineteenth century works of prose fiction. The exterior of the book gives pleasure to the eyes with the red and yellow colors of Spain’s national flag framing a picture of a comely young woman in widow’s black, an outfit she will leave soon after meeting the handsome seminarian hero of the novel. This edition will be very helpful to critics approaching the novel from many diverse points of view. The outstanding introduction by James Whiston suggests the many subjects that may be considered, from theology to Valera’s treatment of women. Perhaps most important is the historical perspective he provides of Spain at the time when Valera began writing Pepita Jiménez, the first of his eight completed novels. It was a time when the church was being forced to surrender some of its power to a more secular government. Indeed, the absolute authority

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Published: Jan 8, 2014

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