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Visions of Filth: Deviancy and Social Control in the Novels of Galdos

Teresa Fuentes Peris


This book explores how notions of deviancy and social control are dramatized in the novels of the late nineteenth-century Spanish realist author Benito Perez Galdos. Galdos' 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 conceptualization of the idea of control through discourses, the book analyzes how Galdos' novels interacted with contemporary debates on poverty and deviancy notably, discourses on hygiene, domesticity and philanthropy. It is p ... More

Keywords: deviancy, social control, Benitez Perez Galdos, Foucault, poverty, hygiene, domesticity, philanthropy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780853237181
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846314384


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Teresa Fuentes Peris, author