Visualizing Spanish Modernity

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"While the simultaneously creative and destructive forces of modernity in Western Europe have been well studied, the case of Spain has often been overlooked. Visualizing Spanish Modernity concentrates on the time period 1830-1939, which marks not only the beginning of the formation of a modern economy and the consolidation of the liberal state, but also the growth of urban centers and spaces made possible by electricity, transportation, mass production and the emergence of an entertainment industry." The authors examine how mass print culture,
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Overview

"While the simultaneously creative and destructive forces of modernity in Western Europe have been well studied, the case of Spain has often been overlooked. Visualizing Spanish Modernity concentrates on the time period 1830-1939, which marks not only the beginning of the formation of a modern economy and the consolidation of the liberal state, but also the growth of urban centers and spaces made possible by electricity, transportation, mass production and the emergence of an entertainment industry." The authors examine how mass print culture, early cinema, popular drama, photography, fashion, painting, museums and urban planning played a role in the way that Spanish society saw itself and was in turn seen by the rest of the world. Assessing how new cultural forms were instrumental in shaping Spaniards into citizens of the modern world, the authors consider such subjects as the spectacle of the body, notions of race and gender, the changing meanings of time, space and motion, the relationship between technology and everyday life and popular culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859738061
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/21/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Larson Assistant Professor of Spanish, University of Kentucky and Eva Maria Woods is Visiting Assistant Professor, Vassar College.

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Table of Contents

1 Visualizing Spanish modernity : introduction 1
2 Visibly modern Madrid : Mesonero, visual culture, and the apparatus of urban reform 24
3 Foresight, blindness or illusion? : women and citizenship in the second series of Galdos's Episodios nacionales 46
4 Horror, spectacle and nation-formation : historical painting in late-nineteenth-century Spain 64
5 Isidora in the museum 81
6 Thresholds of visibility at the borders of Madrid : Benjamin, Gomez de la Serna, Mesonero 94
7 Seeing the dead : manual and mechanical specters in modern Spain (1893-1939) 112
8 Santiago Rusinol's Impresiones de arte in the age of tourism : seeing Andalusia after seeing Paris 142
9 Landscape in the photography of Spain 163
10 From engraving to photo : cross-cut technologies in the Spanish illustrated press 178
11 Spain's image and regional dress : from everyday object to museum piece and tourist attraction 207
12 Observing the city, mediating the mountain : Mirador and the 1929 international exposition of Barcelona 228
13 Joan Miro, 1929 : high and low culture in Barcelona and Paris 245
14 Stages of modernity : the uneasy symbiosis of the genero chico and early cinema in Madrid 263
15 Visualizing the time-space of otherness : digression and distraction in Spanish silent film 283
16 Modern anxiety and documentary cinema in Republican Spain 301
17 The last look from the border 329
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