Modern Literatures in Spain
Modern Literatures in Spain
Jo Labanyi and Luisa Elena Delgado provide the first cultural history of modern literatures in Spain. With contributors Helena Buffery, Kirsty Hooper and Mari Jose Olaziregi, they showcase the country’s cultural complexity by working across its four major literary cultures – Castilian, Catalan, Galician and Basque – from the eighteenth century to the present.

Engaging critically with the concept of the “national”, <i>Modern Literatures in Spain</i> traces the uneven institutionalization of Spain’s diverse literatures in a context of Castilian literary hegemony, as well as examining literary production by Spaniards outside of Spain. The thematically organized chapters explore literary constructions of subjectivity, gender and sexuality; urban and rural imaginaries; intersections between high and popular culture; and the formation of a public sphere. Throughout, readings are attentive to the multiple ways in which literature serves as a barometer of cultural responses to historical change.

An introduction to major historical debates as well as an original analysis of key texts, this book is important reading for students and scholars with an interest in the literatures and cultures of Spain.
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  • October 2021
  • 288 pages
  • 152 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 in
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About the Author
Jo Labanyi is Professor of Spanish at New York University, having previously held chairs at the University of London (where she directed the Institute of Romance Studies from 1997-2002) and University of Southampton. She is founding editor of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. Her research interests are in 19th- and 20th-century Spanish cultural history, including literature, film, visual culture, popular culture, gender, and memory.
Luisa Elena Delgado is Professor of Spanish at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also has appointments with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory as well as Gender and Women’s Studies. Her research interests are in 19th- and 20th-century Spanish literature and cultural history, with particular emphasis on issues of class and gender representation and cultural national identity. She is a member of the editorial collective of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies.
Helena Buffery is Lecturer in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at University College Cork.
Kirsty Hooper is Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Warwick.
Mari Jose Olaziregi is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Basque Studies at the Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea.
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'It is a book that, as only outstanding books are able to do, opens up the horizon for its readers, and invites new forms of thought and critical inquiry.'
Maite Zubiaurre, UCLA
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