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Properties of Modernity: Romantic Spain, Modern Europe, and the Legacies of Empire
Michael Iarocci traces the ways in which Spain went from being central to European history and identity during the early modern period to being marginalized and displaced by England, France, and Germany during the Romantic period. He points out that it has long been an unspoken assumption tainting much of literary criticism that Spain did not have a strong Romantic ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published March 27th 2006 by Vanderbilt University Press (TN)
(first published 2006)
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This book is incredibly dense and has a thousand references to postmodern theory and philosophy, but it does make the important point that Spain was deemed "unmodern" by northern Europe at the start of the 16th century. This non-modern image followed Spain well into the 20th century and ensured that Spain was marginalized to the point of exclusion from the important modernizing trends of the Enlightenment and romanticism. Spain was written off as barbarously sadistic during the seventeenth ...more