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Modernism and the New SpainBritain, Cosmopolitan Europe, and Literary History$
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Gayle Rogers

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199914975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199914975.001.0001

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Introduction: The Problem of Spain and the Cultural Map of Interwar Europe

Introduction: The Problem of Spain and the Cultural Map of Interwar Europe

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(p.3) Introduction: The Problem of Spain and the Cultural Map of Interwar Europe
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Modernism and the New Spain
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Gayle Rogers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199914975.003.0000

The introduction lays out the historical origins of the “Spanish problem,” considered both by Spanish and non-Spanish figures. I argue that this “problem” bears critically on how we write modernist scholarship in the age of global literary history. I trace the Spanish problem from its origins in the Black Legend through to Ortega’s confrontation with it in his plan to “Europeanize” Spain. I use Ortega’s renovations of his distant mentor Kant, too, to map the means by which I am approach Spanish modernism both in and beyond its European context. Finally, I follow Ortega’s career and his public works—periodicals, lectures, book presses, and more—as part of his influential effort to forge a transnational public sphere in Spain. The central focus in all of this is collaboration: I characterize the ways and means by which English- and Spanish-language modernists came to collaborate with one another in surprising ways on the question of how to reinvent post-World War I Europe through a presumably non-European Spain.

Keywords:   New Spain, modernist literature, World War I, regeneration, modernist studies, internationalism, reform, Immanuel Kant, Black Legend, cultural politics

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