Cultural Responses to Myths of Empire in Fin-de-Siècle Spain
Javier Krauel is Assistant Professor of Spanish at University of Colorado Boulder.
Introduction: Emotions, Empire, and the Tradition of the National Essay 1. Redressing the Silencing of Empire 2. Imperialism and Nationalism 3. The Spanish Empire’s Embattled Legacies 4. Imperial Legacies and National Reform 5. The Emotions of Empire and the Essay on National Character Chapter One: Imperial Myths and the National Imagination 1. Columbus in 1892 2. Nationalist Uses of the Imperial Past 3. Freethinkers and Empire 4. The Failure of the Federalist Critique Chapter Two: An Incomplete Work of Imperial Mourning: Miguel de Unamuno’s En torno al casticismo 1. Addressing the Post-Imperial Condition 2. Empire and casticismo 3. Mourning Imperial Values Chapter Three: Fin de Siècle Imperial Melancholia: Ángel Ganivet’s Idearium español 1. Theorizing Imperial Ambivalence 2. Independence, Expansion, Modernity 3. The Paradox of Empire and Melancholia Chapter Four: The Anatomy of Imperial Indignation: Ramiro de Maeztu’s Hacia otra España 1. Anger and Indignation 2. Nietzsche’s Critical History 3. The Conquest of the meseta as a Second (Imperial) Nature Chapter Five: The Politics of Imperial Pride and Shame: Enric Prat de la Riba’s La nacionalitat catalana 1. Catalanist Mood circa 1906 2. The Subdued Emotions of Cognition and Controversy 3. Imperialism and the Creation of National Pride 4. Witnessing the Spanish Empire’s Shame Conclusion: Toward an Ethics of Imperial Emotions Bibliography Index
Imperial Emotions: Cultural Responses to Myths of Empire in Fin-de Siècle Spain is a dazzlingly brilliant book, which weaves together theories of the emotions, archival research, and intricate textual analysis to paint a convincing picture of the multiple and complex intellectual reactions to the loss of empire after the debacle of the Spanish-American War. While Krauel does not downplay the importance to Spanish thinkers of Spain's 1898 loss of its remaining colonies, he dispenses with the stale shibboleths about the so-called "Generation of '98." Krauel's is the most original and thoughtful book on turn-of-the-twentieth-century Spanish writers since Inman Fox's widely cited La invención de España: nacionalismo liberal e identidad nacional published in 1997. Imperial Emotions will be read, and it will have a significant impact on the field.
University of Kansas
A serious, rigorous and original contribution to diverse disciplines: history, literary history and criticism, and Iberian Studies.
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: November 13, 2013
Series: Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 10