1st Edition

Americanized Spanish Culture Stories and Storytellers of Dislocated Empires

Edited By Christopher J. Castañeda, Miquel Bota Copyright 2022
    218 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    218 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Americanized Spanish Culture explores the intricate transcultural dialogue between Spain and the United States since the late 19th century.

    The term "Americanized" reflects the influence of American cultural traits, ideas, and tendencies on individuals, institutions, and creative works that have moved back and forth between Spain and the United States. Although it is often defined narrowly as the result of a process of cultural imperialism, colonization, assimilation, and erasure, this book uses the term more expansively to explore representations of the transcultural mixing of Spanish and American culture in which the American influence might seem dominant but may also be the one that is shaped. The chapters in this volume highlight the lives of fascinating individuals, ideologies, and artistry that represent important themes in this transnational relationship of dislocated empires. The contributors represent a wide array of perspectives and life experiences, giving breadth, depth, and realism to their observations and analysis. Organized in two parts of five chapters each, this volume offers a unique perspective on the intermixing and intermingling of Spanish and American social, cultural, and literary traits and characteristics.

    This book will be of interest to students of United States and Spanish history, Iberian and Hispanic American studies, and cultural studies.

    Introduction: Transcultural Bonds and Americanized Spanish Culture

    Christopher J. Castañeda and Miquel Bota

    Part I: Spanish Lives in the United States

    1. Parallel Lives and Clashing Identities: Francisco José Navarro and Pedro Esteve in the "Capital of the World"

    Chris Ealham and Christopher J. Castañeda

    2. The Anarchist’s Pen is Mightier than the Bomb: My Grandfather, Maximiliano Olay

    Amelia Olay Kaplan

    3. Chronicling the Modern United States: Aurelio Pego’s Immigration Journalism

    Montse Feu

    4. The Silence of Fathers: The Story Ramón J. Sender Never Wrote

    Ramón Sender Barayón and Christopher J. Castañeda

    5. Self-Made Man a la Española: Jean León

    Pepa Novell


    Part II: Cartoons, Dramas, and Lyricism

    6. "The Will to Empire": Josep Bartolí’s Editorial Humor in the New York Magazine Ibérica. For a Free Spain

    Montse Feu

    7. California Dreamin’: Nostalgia and Retrofuturism in 1980s Spanish Comics

    Alberto Villamandos

    8. Latin@ Visions: Race and Gender Representations in Netflix’s Cocaine Coast

    Zaya Rustamova

    9. Our Ways Are Their Ways in Disguise: Cuéntame cómo pasó and the Wonders of the Spanish Satellite

    Miquel Bota

    10. Post-National Genres: A "Story" of Lyricism from North America to the Iberian Peninsula: Heretofore: A Study of Anne Carson and Julio Llamazares

    Virginia Ramos


    Christopher J. Castañeda is a Professor of History at California State University, Sacramento. His interests include transnational Hispanic studies and Spanish-language anarchist print culture.

    Miquel Bota is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at California State University, Sacramento. He received his PhD from Stanford University, and his areas of interest are imperialism and gender studies in the cultural production of Global Hispanophone.