Recenzja książki Roberto Mansbergera Amorosa pt. "La Joven Europa y Espana: la cuestión de «el arte por el arte»"
Recenzja książki Roberto Mansbergera Amorosa pt. "La Joven Europa y Espana: la cuestión de «el arte por el arte»"

Academic Journal of Modern Philology vol. 3 (2014)

Agata Draus-Kłobucka
Uniwersytet Wrocławski

Recenzja książki Roberto Mansbergera Amorosa pt. "La Joven Europa y Espana: la cuestión de «el arte por el arte»" Barcelona, 2013: Laertes. ISBN 978-84-7584-916-4, 466 stron

Abstract

A Review of a Book by Roberto Mansberger Amorós entitled La  Joven Europa y España: la cuestión de «el arte por el arte». Barcelona, 2013: Laertes. ISBN 978-84-7584-916-4, 466 pages

The literary history of the  question: “Art for art’s sake” in Europe and, more specifically, in Spain, is the  subject of the book by Roberto Mansberger Amorós entitled La Joven Europa y España: la cuestión de «el arte por el arte» (Young Europe and Spain: the question of «art for art’s sake», written in Spanish). The book is composed of six chapters, along with the introduction, conclusion, extensive bibliography and index of names. The chapters focused on the general history of the idea alternate with those dedicated to the particular writers and thinkers. Chapter 1 presents the theory of “art for art’s sake,” its origin and progress. Chapter 2 introduces the  subject of Young Europe, with the  focus on Young Poland and Young Spain. Chapter 3 is an  extensive digression about the  subject of morals in Spanish 19th century literature, aesthetics, ethics and critics. Chapter 4 studies the individual stances of Valera and Campoamor, whereas chapter 5 undertakes the issue of the Decadent movement and the Restoration. The sixth and final chapter describes the  poetry and the  poets related to the  concept “art for art’s sake.” The  uniqueness of the  book rests on the  combination of the  balanced analyses of literary sources and original period documents and archival material of Real Academia Española concerning the  issues of art and morals, along with a  reflection about the  historical, philosophical and ideological context of the matter. Since this kind of profound knowledge united with the ability to write both persuasively and interestingly is rare, the book by Mansberger Amorós is an enlightening reading experience not only for specialists on the topic, but also for all those interested in the history of Spanish literature and ideas.

Keywords: “art for art’s sake,” 19th century, art and morals, Young Europe, Spanish literature, Decadent movement and Restoration.

Full text: Recenzja książki Roberto Mansbergera Amorosa pt. "La Joven Europa y Espana: la cuestión de «el arte por el arte»" Barcelona, 2013: Laertes. ISBN 978-84-7584-916-4

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