Visions of Filth

Deviancy and Social Control in the Novels of Galdós

Teresa Peris Fuentes

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ISBN: 9780853237181

Publication: September 1, 2003

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This book explores how notions of deviancy and social control are dramatized in the novels of the late nineteenth-century Spanish realist author Benito Pérez Galdós. Galdós’s treatment of prostitutes, alcoholics, beggars and vagrants is studied within the context of the socio-cultural and medical debates circulating during the period. Drawing on Foucault’s very specific conceptualisation of the idea of control through discourses, the book analyses how Galdós’s novels interacted with contemporary debates on poverty and deviancy – notably, discourses on hygiene, domesticity and philanthropy. It is proposed that Galdós’s view of marginal social groups was much more open-minded, shrewd and liberal than the often inflexible pronouncements made by contemporary professional voices.

Preface and Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The Miasmas of Poverty: The Lower Classes in ‘Una Visita al Cuarto Estado’ 2. The Control of Prostitution Regulating Deviant Femininity: The Role of Philanthropy Filth, Drains and Foul Odours in Fortunata y Jacinta and Nazarin: The Discourse on Public Hygiene The Panoptic Strategy in the Convent of Las Micaelas Fighting Filth beyond the Walls of Las Micaelas 3. The Drink Problem Drink and Social Stability: Discourses of Power in Fortunata y Jacinta Drink and Degeneration in Angel Guerra 4. The New Poor: Changing Attitudes to Poverty, Mendicity and Vagrancy The Deserving and Undeserving Poor in Angel Guerra Nazarin’s Challenge: Begging and Indiscriminate Charity Halma: The Undeserving Poor Reconsidered Misericordia: Old and New Attitudes to Mendicity Conclusion Bibliography Index

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

228 Pages

ISBN: 9780853237181

Publication: September 1, 2003

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