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"Buenos seamos, que Dios nos ve": "La madre naturaleza" and Foucault's Panopticon

Abigail Lee Six
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 95, No. 4 (Oct., 2000), pp. 1019-1026
DOI: 10.2307/3736631
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3736631
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Abstract

The question of blame in Emilia Pardo Bazán's "La madre naturaleza" is considered in the light of Foucault's opposition between a society based on spectacle and one based on panopticism. According to "Discipline and Punish", the spectacle yielded to the panopticism as the bourgeoisie wrested power from the monarchy. Don Pedro, 'king' of the Pazos de Ulloa, it is argued, runs his estate in accordance with Foucault's account of monarchical spectacle and although Pardo Bazán depicts this affectionately, it is shown to contribute to the protagonists' misfortunes. Thus, the author gives fictional form to her ambivalence towards Spain's need to modernize itself.

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