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In the wake of 1808, writers struggled to imagine a narrative of Spanish history. The problem intensified with the brief republic (1873–1874). This essay explores a 'literature of the First Republic', including 'Pepita Jiménez', responding to Ros de Olano's challenges to narrative form. It re-evaluates Alarcón and 'Pepita Jiménez' as part of sophisticated efforts to reconceive national genealogy such that the momentary dilates and grand narrative contracts. The aim was to effect a way out of the ideological impasse confronting liberalism.