Cultivating Madrid: Public Space and Middle-Class Culture in the Spanish Capital, 1833-1890 (Hardcover)

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This book investigates how parks and public space figure in attempts to envision Madrid as the capital of modern Spain. It explores the intersections between a burgeoning economy of consumption and the representation of parks, boulevards, and outlying lands in works by Ram n de Mesonero Romanos, Mariano Jos de Larra, Armando Palacio Vald's, Emilia Pardo Baz n, Benito P rez Gald's, and others for whom Madrid's place in 'modern' Europe is critically at issue. To support the close analysis of literary texts, this book draws on the writings of reformers such as ngel Fern ndez de los R os, Ildefons Cerd , and Mesonero Romanos himself, as well as journalists, municipal officials, and economists of the time whose works help frame ongoing debates on the city and its nature. Interdisciplinary in approach, Cultivating Madrid argues that gardens and garden imagery trouble the distinction not only between nature and artifice, but also between reality and representation in general, and are thus crucial to understanding realism and the process of modernization in Spain.

About the Author


Daniel Frost is assistant professor of Spanish at the College of the Holy Cross.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781611482812
ISBN-10: 161148281X
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Publication Date: July 1st, 2008
Pages: 225
Language: English