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La educación e instrucción de los personajes femeninos huérfanos en cuatro novelas de B. Pérez Galdós

Elsa N Dorrego, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The direct relationship between novel and History allows B. Pérez Galdós to reflect on the educational debate that arises in the mid-nineteenth century in Spain and especially since the Revolution of 1868 and that has the middle-class woman as the focus of that debate.In this study we are interested in examining the instruction and education of young women as orphans during the Restoration period, as they are represented in the fiction of four contemporary novels by Benito Pérez Galdós. They are: The Disinherited Lady (1881), Our Friend Manso (1882), Torment (1884) and Tristana (1892). We chose these novels because in them the problem of education or the lack of it, as we are going to see, is constantly increasing and in different ways.As a result of their orphanhood and poverty, these young women lose their social position in the middle class. The objective of each of them will be to claim that social position. What we are going to show is that failure or half success is ultimately the result of understanding the role that society requires of women and it is in women's knowledge to interpret it for their own benefit and success of their efforts.

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Dorrego, Elsa N, "La educación e instrucción de los personajes femeninos huérfanos en cuatro novelas de B. Pérez Galdós" (2019). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI13862378.