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Madrid 1900

The Capital as Cradle of Literature and Culture. Pennsylvania State Studies in Romance Literatures

By (author) Michael Ugarte
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press, Pennsylvania, United States
Published: 11th Nov 1996
Dimensions: w 152mm h 229mm d 20mm
Weight: 34g
ISBN-10: 0271015594
ISBN-13: 9780271015590
Barcode No: 9780271015590
Synopsis
The center of Spanish national identity, turn-of-the-century Madrid offered a haven for young writers to try out their ideas and launch their careers. Madrid 1900 assesses the cultural history of the city and its relation to the cultural history of Spain through examining the literature written in and on Madrid at this time.Michael Ugarte understands Madrid as a specific urban landscape and political entity that shaped the lives and writings a number of writers. His arrangement, centered on space rather than time, allows him to discuss the canonical writers Pio Baroja, Ramon Maria del Valle-Inclan, and Azorin alongside vanguardist Ramon Gomez de la Serna and an ignored woman writer of the period, Carmen de Burgos. He reads each of these writers as incarnations of specific patterns and images of urban representation, such as sociological reform, women in the city, the linguistic subversion of city objects, Bohemian culture, and the conflict between the country and the city.Of particular timeliness as we approach a new century, Madrid 1900 gives special consideration to the cultural transition from an old century to a new one and how the recreation of a city any city contributes to the formation of consciousness."

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