Research Programs: Fellowships for University Teachers

Period of Performance

5/1/2006 - 4/30/2007

Funding Totals

$40,000.00 (approved)
$40,000.00 (awarded)

Catholicism in Modern Spanish Narrative

FAIN: FA-52588-06

Noel Maureen Valis
Yale University (New Haven, CT 06510-1703)

Catholicism plays a fundamental imaginative-moral role in key texts of modern Spanish narrative. This power to shape new narrative structures and perspectives and to prompt texts to focus on ethical-religious issues of belief and social concern has not, however, been understood or paid attention by literary scholars. Scholars view Spanish fiction largely as a secular enterprise; and disconnect religion from issues of modernity. By the late 18th century faith begins to show signs of being in crisis. I examine the role that this continuing religious crisis played in creating the modern forms of imaginative writing in Spain.

Media Coverage

Review (Review)
Author(s): Patrick Madigan
Publication: The Heythrop Journal 52.6
Date: 11/10/2011

Review (Review)
Author(s): Maite Zubiaurre
Publication: Revista de Literatura 72
Date: 12/12/2010

Review (Review)
Author(s): Alan Smith
Publication: Boletin de la Biblioteca de Menendez Pelayo 86
Date: 12/12/2010

Review (Review)
Author(s): Julia Bello-Bravo
Publication: Iberoamericana 11, no. 42
Date: 6/6/2011

Review (Review)
Author(s): William Viestenz
Publication: Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos 35.2
Date: 10/10/2011

Author(s): Linda M. Willem
Publication: Anales Galdosianos 46
Date: 1/12/2011

Author(s): Elisa Marti Lopez
Publication: Hispanic Review 80
Date: 1/1/2012

Author(s): James Whiston
Publication: Bulletin of Spanish Studies 89
Date: 1/1/2012

Author(s): Jose Maria Martinez Domingo
Publication: Hipertexto 16
Date: 1/6/2012

Author(s): Sebastiaan Faber
Publication: Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies 37.1
Date: 1/12/2012

Author(s): Toni Dorca
Publication: Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 13.4
Date: 1/12/2012

Associated Products

Sacred Realism. Religion and the Imagination in Modern Spanish Narrative (Book)
Title: Sacred Realism. Religion and the Imagination in Modern Spanish Narrative
Abstract: Author Noel Valis reexamines the role of Catholicism in the modern Spanish novel. While other studies of fiction and faith in modern Spain have focused largely on religious themes, Sacred Realism views the religious impulse as a crisis of modernity: a fundamental catalyst in the creative and moral development of Spanish narrative.
Year: 2010
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: See above
Publisher: Yale University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780300152340

Pablo de Olavide, o las reliquias de la fe (Article)
Title: Pablo de Olavide, o las reliquias de la fe
Author: Noel Valis
Abstract: On the humanitarian expression of faith in Pablo de Olavide, eighteenth-century Spanish-Peruvian reformer and writer
Year: 2011
Access Model: Subscription only
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Salina
Publisher: Salina

Narraciones del martirio y la guerra civil espanola (Article)
Title: Narraciones del martirio y la guerra civil espanola
Author: Noel Valis
Abstract: On secularized martyr narratives from both sides of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), focusing on the Republican Ramon Sender and the Nationalist Jose Maria Carretero (El Caballero Audaz).
Year: 2014
Format: Other
Periodical Title: Estudios de literatura, cultura e historia contemporanea en homenaje a Francisco Caudet. Ed. Fernando Larraz
Publisher: Ediciones de la Universidad Autonoma de Madrid