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Plumbing the Depths of Galdos’s View of Spain: The Confounding Accomplishment of José Bergamín

Plumbing the Depths of Galdos’s View of Spain: The Confounding Accomplishment of José Bergamín PLUMBING THE DEPTHS OF GALDOS’S VIEW OF SPAIN: THE CONFOUNDING ACCOMPLISHMENT OF JOSÉ BERGAMÍN Peter Bly In Memoriam Nigel Dennis (1949-2013) The name of José Bergamín (1895-1983), generally ranked as a minor poet of the Generation of 1927, is not one that contemporary scholars would automatically and firmly associate with Galdós criticism, yet barely two months ago, during the X Congreso Internacional Galdosiano, the novelist and writer, Juan José Armas Marcelo, pointedly did so in his plenary paper, as was reported on-line: Relató cómo José Bergamín le dijo en los años 70 que las novelas de Galdós y los Episodios Nacionales “le parecieron rancios, viejos, y sobre todo, mal escritos.” “Pasados los años, volvió a releer a Galdós y quedó deslumbrado y, sobre todo, sorprendido porque en la primera lectura no había visto con ojos objetivos la grandeza literaria que significaba,” rememoró. ( Álamo) In fact, Armas Marcelo was repeating a “tópico” or common place in the history of Galdós criticism, however insignificant it may seem, to wit, that Bergamín—like a number of other members of the Generation of 1927—changed over time his evaluation of Galdós’s work. Equally representative of this “tradition” were the vagueness and confusion generated by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anales Galdosianos Anales Galdosianos

Plumbing the Depths of Galdos’s View of Spain: The Confounding Accomplishment of José Bergamín

Anales Galdosianos , Volume 48 – Jan 8, 2014

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PLUMBING THE DEPTHS OF GALDOS’S VIEW OF SPAIN: THE CONFOUNDING ACCOMPLISHMENT OF JOSÉ BERGAMÍN Peter Bly In Memoriam Nigel Dennis (1949-2013) The name of José Bergamín (1895-1983), generally ranked as a minor poet of the Generation of 1927, is not one that contemporary scholars would automatically and firmly associate with Galdós criticism, yet barely two months ago, during the X Congreso Internacional Galdosiano, the novelist and writer, Juan José Armas Marcelo, pointedly did so in his plenary paper, as was reported on-line: Relató cómo José Bergamín le dijo en los años 70 que las novelas de Galdós y los Episodios Nacionales “le parecieron rancios, viejos, y sobre todo, mal escritos.” “Pasados los años, volvió a releer a Galdós y quedó deslumbrado y, sobre todo, sorprendido porque en la primera lectura no había visto con ojos objetivos la grandeza literaria que significaba,” rememoró. ( Álamo) In fact, Armas Marcelo was repeating a “tópico” or common place in the history of Galdós criticism, however insignificant it may seem, to wit, that Bergamín—like a number of other members of the Generation of 1927—changed over time his evaluation of Galdós’s work. Equally representative of this “tradition” were the vagueness and confusion generated by

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Published: Jan 8, 2014

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