Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

From Sacred Religion to Sacred Nation: Ritual Crisis in Don Gonzalo González de la Gonzalera

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2014), 91, (2), 127–146.

Abstract

By the late 1870s in Spain the political upheavals had diminished, allowing for a relative calm within official circles of the state. However, the effects of continual political conflict and rapidly expanding modernization had significantly altered the socio-cultural foundation of many communities throughout the nation. The novelists who first confronted this transformational period portrayed the response of microcosmic societies to the rapidly shifting identity boundaries. In José María de Pereda's 1879 novel, Don Gonzalo González de la Gonzalera, the rapid socio-cultural changes result in an increase of internal violence among the members of the community. This analysis explores these violent consequences as the outcome of a community's ritual failure and sacred violation of its constructed boundaries.

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Sierra, Sarah