While the simultaneously creative and destructive forces of modernity in Western Europe have been well studied, the case of Spain has often been overlooked. Visualizing Spanish Modernity concentrates on the time period 1868-1939, which marks not only the beginning of the formation of a modern economy and the consolidation of the liberal state, but also the growth of urban centers and spaces made possible by electricity, transportation, mass production and the emergence of an entertainment industry. The authors examine how mass print culture, early cinema, popular drama, photography, fashion, painting, museums and urban planning played a role in the way that Spanish society saw itself and was in turn seen by the rest of the world. Assessing how new cultural forms were instrumental in shaping Spaniards into citizens of the modern world, the authors consider such subjects as the spectacle of the body, notions of race and gender, the changing meanings of time, space and motion, the relationship between technology and everyday life and popular culture.

chapter 1|23 pages

Visualizing Spanish Modernity: Introduction

BySusan Larson, Eva Woods

chapter 5|13 pages

Isidora in the Museum

ByLuis Fernandez Cifuentes

chapter 9|15 pages

Landscape in the Photography of Spain

ByLee Fontanella

chapter 13|19 pages

Joan Miró, 1929: High and Low Culture in Barcelona and Paris

ByFèlix Fanés

chapter 16|28 pages

Modern Anxiety and Documentary Cinema in Republican Spain

ByGeoffrey B. Pingree

chapter 17|20 pages

The Last Look from the Border

ByJoan Ramon Resina