This book looks at New York City's recurrent role as a symbol of modernization in early twentieth-century Spanish narrative. It explores the connections between the contradictory reactions to modernization and the crisis of Spanish national identity triggered by the so-called 'Desastre del 98'.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Spanish Narratives of Modernity: Going Beyond Exclusive Definitions of Early Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature 2. The Hidalgo against the 'Masses': The Challenge to the Classist Nation 3. Images of the Modern Woman: The Challenge to the Patriarchal Nation 4. Racialism versus Multiculturalism: The Challenge to the Ethnic Nation 5. Conclusion 6. Afterword New York in Spanish Narrative: A Constant Presence in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries