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 1868-1939, 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.
Table of Contents
Visibly Modern Madrid: Mesonero, Visual Culture and the Apparatus of Urban Reform-- Rebecca Haidt, Ohio State University *Thresholds of Visibility at the Borders of Madrid: Mesonero and Gmez de la Serna--Andrew Bush, * Observing the City, Mediating the City: Political Urbanism in Barcelona's Mirador (1929-32)--Robert A. Davidson, University of Toronto * Death, Madness and Nation-Formation in Spanish Historical Paintings of the Late Nineteenth Century--Jo Labanyi, University of Southampton * Seeing the Dead: Manual and Mechanical Specters in Modern Spain--Brad Epps, Harvard University * Santiago Rusiol's Impresiones de arte in the Age of Tourism: Seeing Andalusia after Seeing Paris--Elena Cueto Asn, Bowdoin College * Joan Mir and Mass Culture--Flix Fans, Universitat Autnoma of Barcelona * From Engraving to Photo: A Discussion of Transitional Technologies in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction--Lou Charnon-Deutsch, State University of New York, Stony Brook * Landscape in the Photography of Spain--Lee Fontanella, Worcester Polytechnic Institute * Isidora at the Museum: The Training of the Modern Gaze in Early Twentieth-Century Madrid--Luis Fernndez Cifuentes, Harvard University The Evolution of the Cultural Meanings and Uses of Spain's Regional Dress--Jesusa Vega, Autonomous University of Madrid * Foresight, Blindness or Illusion? Women and Citizenship in the Second Series of Galds's Episodios nacionales--David George, Bates College * Madrid on Screen: Modern Modes of Seeing in Pern and Palacios' Cinematgrafo Nacional--Susan Larson, University of Kentucky * Coloring Space and Time: The Spectacle of Race in Spanish Silent Film--Eva Woods, Vassar College * Modern Anxiety and Documentary Cinema in Republican Spain --Geoffrey B. Pingree, Oberlin College * The Last Look from the Border--Joan Ramon Resina, Cornell University
Susan Larson is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Kentucky.Eva Maria Woods is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at Vassar College.