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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > Research Institutes > History and Governance Research Institute > Europe: Trend and Transformation Research Group > The Reception of Francophone Literature in Helios and La España Moderna 1903–1904

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Title: The Reception of Francophone Literature in Helios and La España Moderna 1903–1904
Authors: Hambrook, Glyn
Citation: Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 84(3): 319-334
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Journal: Bulletin of Hispanic Studies
Issue Date: 2007
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/27133
Additional Links: http://www.bulletinofhispanicstudies.org/article.aspx?articleId=623
Abstract: In this essay I consider Giménez Caballero’s use of totemism in his collection of avant-garde essays, Hércules jugando a los dados, to be indicative of a desire for radical social transformation. Specifically, I argue that the author’s elaboration of the concept as a renewed ‘primitive’ phenomenon based in technology not only points to early forms of cybernetics in the modern subject’s ‘battle’ with the elements, but also is a key part of a larger social project. I contend that Giménez Caballero sees the reemergence of totemism as a way to reconcile the lower classes and the elite within a fascistic, vertical power structure, in which the hybrid mythical figure of Hercules has already led the way. As an important hinge work between avant-garde aesthetics and political engagement, I conclude that Hércules jugando a los dados offers important insights into the genesis of early fascist ideology in Spain. (Liverpool University Press)
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: 20th century
Spanish literature
French literature
Spain
Literary history
Caballero, Giménez
Fascist ideology
Totemism
ISSN: 1475-3839
1478-3398
Appears in Collections: Europe: Trend and Transformation Research Group

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