Artículos de costumbres

by Mariano José de Larra

Edited by Daniel Muñoz Sempere

Artículos de costumbres


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9708-9
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £14.99
  • Published Date: December 2017
  • BIC Category: Portugal, Parties, etiquette & entertaining, European history, Spain, Parties, Etiquette & Entertaining, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Literature & literary studies / General, Biography, Literature & Literary studies, Social & cultural history, Literature, Literature & literary studies / Literature: history & criticism, Spanish, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Spanish & Portuguese, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / Spanish & Portuguese, HISTORY / Europe / Spain & Portugal, Humanities / European history, Humanities / Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, REFERENCE / Etiquette
  • Series: Hispanic Texts


This is an annotated critical edition of Artículos de costumbres by the Romantic journalist Mariano José de Larra (1809-37), presented with a critical introduction, study guide, glossary and chronology. Larra is still one of the most widely studied Spanish Romantic authors, and his satire of customs and manners in articles such as El castellano viejo, Vuelva usted mañana and Nochebuena de 1836 offers an insight into nineteenth century Spanish culture, while probing issues that are still seen as defining of Spanish identity today. Artículos de costumbres, presented here with an extensive annotation that identifies references that have not been previously elucidated, is a central text in the Spanish canon, opening up questions about modern Spain and issues such as political revolution, class identities, social change and the inclusion of Spain within European modernity.


The crisis of the absolute monarchy in Spain
Mariano José de Larra
Journalism and the new society: writing Madrid
Satire and social critique: the artículos de costumbres
The intellectual and his masks: El Pobrecito Hablador
The late articles: Fígaro
Larra as a symbol
A note on the text
Artículos de costumbres (selection)
¿Quién es el público y dónde se le encuentra?
Empeños y desempeños
El casarse pronto y mal
El castellano viejo
Vuelva usted mañana
El mundo todo es máscaras
En este país
La fonda nueva
Jardines públicos
Entre qué gentes estamos
La vida de Madrid
La sociedad
Un reo de muerte
La diligencia
Los calaveras. Artículo primero.
Los calaveras. Artículo segundoy conclusión.
Modos de vivir que no dan de vivir. Oficio menudos.
El día de difuntos de 1836. Fígaro en el cementerio.
La nochebuena de 1836. Yo y mi criado. Delirio filosófico.
Appendix: Timeline of political events and the life of Mariano José de Larra
Temas de discusión
Selected vocabulary


Daniel Muñoz Sempere is Lecturer in Modern Spanish Studies at King's College London

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