Insolación: Historia amorosa

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Insolación: Historia amorosa

by Emilia Pardo Bazán

Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

2020

April 23rd, 2020

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Emilia Pardo Bazán, the most prolific and influential Spanish female writer of the nineteenth century, was a very controversial figure, vilified for her embracement of naturalism and her robust feminist stance.
When Insolación was published in 1889 it provoked a litany of negative comments and personal insults. This subtle, psychological novel, drawing on many aspects of its author's personal life, deals with the relationship between Asís, a respectable Galician widow, and Pacheco, a feckless womaniser from Andalucía. Although they scarcely know each other, Asís accepts Pacheco's invitation to visit the San Isidro Fair, where a heady cocktail of sun, alcohol and revelry causes her to behave in an uncharacteristic manner.
Insolación explores the conflict between Asís's self-recrimination and concern for the 'qué dirán' and her nascent sexuality. Finally, despite her determination to banish Pacheco from her mind and her intention to go back to Galicia, the couple sleep together and decide to marry.
The perceived promiscuity of this work of fiction scandalised the reading public as well as many leading critics. Pereda considered Asís's behaviour reprehensible and Clarín dismissed the novel as a pseudo-erotic boutade. Nowadays, Insolación is recognised as an important novel.

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Graham Whittaker is a translator of Spanish texts, including an acclaimed edition of Sender's Requiem for a Spanish Peasant.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Title Page2
Copyright Page3
Contents4
Acknowledgements6
Introduction8
1. Foreword8
2. Emilia Pardo Bazán10
3. The Social and Political Background14
4. The Intellectual and Literary Context: Romanticism, Realism, Costumbrismo and Naturalism15
5. Insolación: Genesis and Reception25
6. Structure and Narrative Viewpoint30
7. Language and Translation38
Bibliography48
Insolación / Sunstroke52
I53
154
II67
268
III87
388
IV109
4110
V119
5120
VI135
6136
VII145
7146
VIII161
8162
IX165
9166
X171
10172
XI183
11184
XII193
12194
XIII197
13198
XIV215
14216
XV223
15224
XVI233
16234
XVII251
17252
XVIII261
18262
XIX271
19272
XX283
20284
XXI293
21294
XXII Epílogo305
22 Epilogue306