Gender and Modernity in Spanish Literature: 1789-1920 (Paperback)Elizabeth Smith Rousselle (author)
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Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2014
"Rousselle tackles Spain's conflicted relationship with modernity by examining texts by renowned male and female writers from the Enlightenment to the early twentieth century through the focal point of disillusion. In the process, she reveals a key difference in the gendered responses to what it meant to be a modern subject." - Ana Rueda, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, USA, and author of Relatos desde el vacio. Un nuevo espacio critico para el cuento actual, Pygmalion y Galatea: Refracciones modernas de un mito and Cartas sin lacrar: La novela epistolar y la Espana Ilustrada 1789-1840.
"Developing a theory of 'gendered disillusion,' Rousselle's fascinating subject is the reactions to the chaos, confusion, and economic and political decline in the wake of the French Revolution in Spain. With expert plotting, and able to take both the long view and to examine the detail, Rousselle takes us through a variety of literary contexts from 1789 to 1920 and produces scintillating readings each of which presents us with a new way to understand Spain's different transition to modernity" - Sarah Wright, Reader in Hispanic Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, and author of Tales of Seduction: The Figure of Don Juan in Spanish Culture
"This book demands the close attention of anyone interested in European intellectual history and modern Spanish male and female subjectivity. It is among the first books to examine attitudes to modernity on the Iberian Peninsula. As such, it will surely become a pathfinder for others to continue to build on its authoritative conclusions. Meticulously developed and lucidly written, Gender and Modernity in Spanish Literature is required reading for scholar and student alike." - C. Christopher Soufas, Professor of Spanish, Temple University, USA and author of The Subject in Question: Early Contemporary Spanish Literature and Modernism
"A most valuable tool in the study of modernity and the role that disillusionment played in its development in Spain. Most notably, Rousselle provides the long history of what modernity means within the changing Spain after the French revolution, showing the reader both a cultural and historical canvas of what was it like to produce literary texts under the umbrella of 'disillusion.'" - Leslie Anne Merced, Associate Professor of Spanish, Rockhurst University, USA
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