Scott Dale , University of Pennsylvania. Despite some admirable critical efforts, Jose de Cadalso's Cartas marruecas has yet to receive sufficient critical acclaim for its novelistic innovations and its importance to the trajectory of the modern Peninsular novel. Cadalso's novelistic craft, in fact, was decades ahead of its time and played a large role in the development of the European epistolary novel as well as in the birth of Spanish Realism. Thus my dissertation aims to identify and analyze the modern narrative techniques in which Cadalso attempts to create a broad and impartial vision of the Spanish Enlightenment.
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Lewiston: Edwin Mellen, Cadalso examines the identities of a decadent Spain which found itself subjected to the wills of other European nations.
As the name implies, Cartas marruecas belongs to the epistolary genre and comprises correspondence between three distinct writers. The text combines the epistolary form with the tradition of travel writing common to the era. He also romanticizes Spanish history, glorifying the true Spain of times past and the reign of the Catholic monarchs. This patriotism is informed by affective feelings and a dedication to the monarchy and Catholicism. His goal is to analyze the decay of Spain and prescribe remedies so that it may attain equal status with the more advanced European nations.
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La voluntad novelistica en las "Cartas marruecas" de Cadalso
Before completing his twentieth year, Cadalso had traveled through Italy , Germany, England, France and Portugal , and he had studied the history and literature of these countries. On his return to Spain he entered the army and rose to the rank of colonel. Cadalso was the embodiment of the Enlightenment ideal of the "hombre de bien", a learned and well-rounded citizen whose multitude of interests could be utilized to improve society. In , he published his Los Eruditos a la Violeta , a commercially successful prose satire on the obsession with superficial knowledge and the appearance of erudition. In appeared a volume of miscellaneous poems, Ocios de mi juventud. Cadalso is best known for his Cartas marruecas , an epistolary novel published posthumously by the "Correo de Madrid" in and as a book in
Transmesis pp Cite as. One suspects that his hatred of translation may be a coded way of expressing hatred for the content of these translations, the discourse of the philosophes that had led France to its hated Revolution a few years before and that would convert Spaniards to secularism if translation were not censored. Nor is it likely that very many Spaniards of his own time would have agreed with the fear that Castilian might disappear from the face of the earth—to be replaced, apparently, with a Franstilian forged out of the endless translations of Gallic literature that were flooding the Spanish book market. Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.