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Sacred RealismReligion and the Imagination in Modern Spanish Narrative$
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Noel Valis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300152340

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300152340.001.0001

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Epilogue

Epilogue

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(p.238) Epilogue
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Sacred Realism
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Noël Valis

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300152340.003.0006

This book concludes with the words of Angel Valbuena Prat referring to the significance of Catholicism in Spanish literature: “One of the greatest achievements of the twentieth-century Spanish soul is awareness of its Catholicity....While the nineteenth century, essentially prone to mystification and sympathetic with any divisiveness, individualism or anarchy, had an evident attraction for the Protestant forms of religiosity, the new century, tending towards organization, a new classicism, hierarchy and unity, is profoundly characterized by the revalidation of Catholic thought and art....[N]ation and religiosity, Catholicism and empire, have fused into a fasces of unity.” Such sentiments, common in the early years of the Franco regime, drew inspiration from the prevailing Falangist mystique of nation and empire and from the nineteenth-century traditionalist scholar Marcelino Menendez Pelayo.

Keywords:   mystification, Angel Valbuena Prat, Franco regime, Falangist mystique, Marcelino Menendez Pelayo, nation, empire

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