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Spain in the Nineteenth CenturyNew Essays on Experiences of Culture and Society$
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Andrew Ginger and Geraldine Lawless

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526124746

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526124753

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How to be a man of letters

How to be a man of letters

(p.216) 10 How to be a man of letters
Spain in the Nineteenth Century

Raquel Sánchez

Manchester University Press

This chapter emphasizes the fact that the man of letters performed that role before the end of the century, within a largely non-democratic, liberal context but one characterized by political competition and freedom of speech. It focuses on a series of key roles of the man of letters: poet, journalist, playwright and lecturer. The development of group identity consolidated a repertoire of practices associated with the literary guild, which, at the same time, enabled recognition of writers’ value within the context of bourgeois society. The period between 1834 and 1874 is paramount in re-defining the status of the men of letters in Spain. From embassies to the government and the ministries, in nineteenth-century Spain the man of letters was omnipresent, whether in the administration or in politics, as Zorrilla noted in his autobiography Recuerdos del tiempo viejo.

Keywords:   group identity, literary figure, man of letters, nineteenth-century, political competition, Spain

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