Libros Académicos del Mes

  • Spanish Laughter
    Presenting a cultural and interdisciplinary study of humor in Spain from the eighteenth century to the present day, this book examines how humour entered public life, how it attained a legitimacy to communicate ‘serious’ ideas in the Enlightenment and how this set the seed for the key position that humor occupies in society today.
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  • The Cinema of Manoel de Oliveira
    Organized by tropes and topics, rather than chronological order of release, The Cinema of Manoel de Oliveira creates a unique lens through which to consider the director and the ways in which his work links cinema, literature, and other artforms.
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  • A Companion to the Spanish Picaresque Novel
    Written by an international group of scholars, this edited collection provides an overview of the Spanish picaresque novel from its origins to the present day, along with a treatment of the debates that the picaresque has inspired.
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  • Arabic and Hebrew Poetry in Andalusia between Light and Darkness
    This book discusses the development of Hebrew poetry in Andalusia, as well as the Arab influence on Hebrew in this region. It also considers the motifs that made their way from Arabic poetry to Hebrew poetry, and the influence of the poet’s mood on their poetry.
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  • Basque and its Closest Relatives: A New Paradigm
    This book is a comprehensive and detailed treatment of the Euskaro-Caucasian hypothesis – the proposal that the Basque language is most closely related to the North Caucasian language family. A more or less similar hypothesis was developed in the twentieth century by prominent scholars, including C.C. Uhlenbeck, Georges Dumézil, and René Lafon. The efforts of these savants, and others, while important, were rather sporadic and consisted of scattered articles, and they never developed a comprehensive phonological and morphological model of Euskaro-Caucasian. Their work on the hypothesis ceased with the death of the last of them, Dumézil, in 1986.
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  • Salazar: The Dictator Who Refused to Die
    Fifty years after his death, Portugal's Salazar remains a controversial and enigmatic figure, whose conservative and authoritarian legacy still divides opinion. Some see him as a reactionary and oppressive figure who kept Portugal backward, while others praise his honesty, patriotism and dedication to duty.
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  • Acting Funny on the Catalan Stage
    Comedy has always had a constant presence in the history of Catalan theatre, but it has never really been recognized as a separate generic identity, worthy of academic study as a whole. This volume is the first concentrated attempt to analyse Catalan theatre under the comic lens, with essays in English and Catalan. It studies comic form, performative innovations and socio-political function.
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  • Music and the Spanish Civil War
    The Spanish Civil War has been the most important, decisive and traumatic event in contemporary Spain, but also one of the most iconic events in the recent history of the Western world. However, musicology has not devoted a great deal of attention to the war of 1936–1939 until very recently.
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