The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture

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This book offers a comprehensive account of modern Spanish culture, tracing its dramatic and often unexpected developments from its beginnings after the Revolution of 1868 to the present day. Specially commissioned essays by leading experts provide analyses of the historical and political background of modern Spain, the culture of the major autonomous regions (notably Castile, Catalonia, and the Basque Country), and the country's literature: narrative, poetry, theater, and the essay. Spain's recent development is divided into three main phases: from 1868 to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War; the period of the dictatorship of Francisco Franco; and the post-Franco arrival of democracy. The concept of "Spanish culture" is investigated, and there are studies of Spanish painting and sculpture, architecture, cinema, dance, music, and the modern media. A chronology and guides to further reading are provided, making the volume an invaluable introduction to the politics, literature, and culture of modern Spain.
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"This book provides a thorough and penetrating view of modern Spain. The only book of its kind, The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture will help guide the reader through this complicated yet dazzling era in Spain's cultural history." Virginia Quarterly Review

"A perusal of Modern Spanish Culture will provide a feast of information and opinions on Spain, thus preparing the reader to understand the nation and its future as it surges into the twenty-first century." Espana Contemporanea

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521574082
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Culture Series
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Chronology of major events
Modern Spanish culture: An introduction 1
I Culture: center and periphery
1 What does it mean to study modern Spanish culture? 11
2 Spain as Castile: Nationalism and national identity 21
3 A cultural mapping of Catalonia 37
4 The Basque Country 54
II Culture and history
5 History, politics, and culture, 1875-1936 67
6 History, politics, and culture, 1936-1975 86
7 History, politics, and culture, 1975-1996 104
III Culture and prose
8 Narrative in culture, 1868-1936 123
9 Narrative in culture, 1936-1975 134
10 Narrative in culture, 1975-1996 147
11 Culture and the essay in modern Spain 163
IV Culture and poetry
12 Poetry and culture, 1868-1936 175
13 Poetry and culture, 1936-1975 187
14 Poetry and culture, 1975-1996 198
V Culture and theater
15 Theater and culture, 1868-1936 211
16 Theater and culture, 1936-1996 222
VI Culture and the arts
17 Painting and sculpture in modern Spain 239
18 Culture and cinema to 1975 248
19 Culture and cinema, 1975-1996 267
20 A century of Spanish architecture 278
21 Spanish music and cultural identity 287
22 To live is to dance 298
VII Media
23 The media in modern Spanish culture 309
Index 318
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