Imagining the metropolis: Constructing and resisting modernity in Madrid (1914-1936)
AdvisorCompitello, Malcolm A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis work emerges out of a desire to explore cultural production of this place and this time in its broadest interdisciplinary context. A geography of capitalism, since it is an eminently urban form, is what is missing from current critiques of Spanish cultural production and what this project (inspired in large part by the theories of the geographer David Harvey and the philosopher Henri Lefebvre) provides. The first and second chapters of this dissertation explore how Madrid from 1914-1936 was the site of competing discourses of the modern in material and ideological terms and how this tension plays itself out culturally. The third chapter focuses specifically on the writings of Carmen de Burgos that narrate Madrid's urban environment. The fourth chapter locates Jose Diaz Fernandez's novel La Venus mecanica and his collection of essays El nuevo romaticismo within this same urban process. His comments on the dehumanizing effects of the fashion industry question the ideals of technological progress and critique the increased commodification of culture in Spain in general. The fifth chapter is a close reading of Cinematografo, by Andres Carranque de Rios, and its relationship to the fledgling Spanish film industry in the 1920s and 30s.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Spanish and Portuguese