Spain in the nineteenth century

New essays on experiences of culture and society

by Andrew Ginger, Geraldine Lawless, Andrew Smith

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The nineteenth-century Hispanic world was shattered to its core by war, civil war, and revolution. At the same time, it confronted a new period of European and North-American expansion and development. In these essays, authors explore major, dynamic ways that people in Spain envisaged how they would adapt and change, or simply continue as they were. Each chapter title begins with the words "How to...", and examines the ways in which Spaniards conceived or undertook major activities that shaped their lives. These range from telling the time to being a man. Adaptability, paradox, and inconsistency come to the fore in many of the essays. We find before us a human quest for opportunity and survival in a complex and changing world. This wide-ranging book contains chapters by leading scholars from the United States, United Kingdom, and Spain.
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Endorsements

Within this collection of essays, we present fundamentally important, understudied topics in nineteenth-century Hispanic Studies. The shared concern is with how Spaniards conceived or undertook major activities that shaped their lives. In that spirit, each chapter title begins with the words "How to...". The essays are not confined to any single area of practice, nor do they share a home in social history, biography, or literary criticism, though all these things are here. Adaptability, paradox, and/or logical inconsistency, in varying combinations and emphases come to the fore in many of the essays. This is not so much because they reveal contradictions in a socio-economic system, as because they are expressions of a human quest for opportunity and survival in a complex and changing world. The nineteenth-century Hispanic world had been shattered to its core by wars, civil wars, and revolutions, at the same time as it confronted a new period of European and North-American expansion and development. We explore here some of the major, dynamic ways in which people sought to adapt and change, or even simply to continue as they were. The volume will be of significant interest to all those who study modern Spain, and to scholars and students of nineteenth-century cultural studies. The book contains essays by leading scholars from the United States, United Kingdom, and Spain.

Reviews

Within this collection of essays, we present fundamentally important, understudied topics in nineteenth-century Hispanic Studies. The shared concern is with how Spaniards conceived or undertook major activities that shaped their lives. In that spirit, each chapter title begins with the words "How to...". The essays are not confined to any single area of practice, nor do they share a home in social history, biography, or literary criticism, though all these things are here. Adaptability, paradox, and/or logical inconsistency, in varying combinations and emphases come to the fore in many of the essays. This is not so much because they reveal contradictions in a socio-economic system, as because they are expressions of a human quest for opportunity and survival in a complex and changing world. The nineteenth-century Hispanic world had been shattered to its core by wars, civil wars, and revolutions, at the same time as it confronted a new period of European and North-American expansion and development. We explore here some of the major, dynamic ways in which people sought to adapt and change, or even simply to continue as they were. The volume will be of significant interest to all those who study modern Spain, and to scholars and students of nineteenth-century cultural studies. The book contains essays by leading scholars from the United States, United Kingdom, and Spain.

Author Biography

Andrew Smith is Professor of English Studies at the University of Glamorgan where he is Co-Director of the Research Centre for Literature, Arts and Science (RCLAS)

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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: May 2018
  • 9781526124746 / 1526124742
  • United Kingdom
  • Manchester University Press
  • Readership: General/trade
  • Publish State: Published
  • Dimensions: 234 X 156 mm
  • Series: Interventions: Rethinking the Nineteenth Century
  • Reference Code: 10027