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Postmodernity in Spanish Fiction and Culture

Postmodernity in Spanish Fiction and Culture presents Spain as one of the most postmodern of all European nations and argues that certain exclusive social and cultural experiences in Spain such as immigration, globalization, and terrorism are not only patently Spanish but also that in their totality, they constitute a powerful postmodern current in Spain.

211 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2010

Iberian and Latin American Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: Romance Languages

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“Yaw Agawu-Kakraba sets out to demonstrate how postmodernity is a concept that can be applied not only to the Spain of the 1980s but also to the Spain of the twenty-first century. He extends the definition of postmodernity to encompass works that display not only the techniques of postmodernism but also its political and ethical ideology. Moving through very Spanish concepts such as movida, pasotismo and desencanto, he attempts to reveal a profound postmodernity in contemporary letters, particularly in the works of Villena, Falcón, Umbral, Mañas and various science fiction writers of the past decade. His goal is to analyze ‘what really constitutes postmodernity within the Spanish context.’ The book is a serious look at an important matter, is written with conviction and good close readings of the texts to offer a new window into contemporary Spanish literature and culture.”

David T. Gies, University of Virginia

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Foreword


Introduction: Towards a Theoretical Exploration of Postmodernity in Spain

Chapter 1:
The Postmodern Self and Lifestyle under Postmodernity: the Movida Phenomenon
Chapter 2: Desencanto Within the Matrix of Postmodernity
Chapter 3: Downward Mobility, Disquiet and Nihilism: Postmodernity in Spain at the Edge of the Millennium
Chapter 4: Where Do We Go From Here? The Allegorical Paradigm of Spanish Science Fiction and the Postmodernized Spanish Culture

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