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costumbrismo

(from Spanish costumbre, "custom"), a trend in Spanish literature that emphasized the depiction of the everyday manners and customs of a particular social or provincial milieu. Although the origins of costumbrismo go back to the Golden Age of Spanish literature in the 16th and 17th centuries, it grew into a major force in the first half of the 19th century, first in verse and then in prose sketches called cuadros de costumbres ("scenes of customs") that stressed detailed descriptions of typical regional characters and social conduct, often with a satirical or philosophical intent.

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