Quixotism : The Imaginative Denial of Spain's Loss of Empire

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Quixotism explores how a group of Spanish intellectuals, writing during the time of Restoration Spain (1876-1931), incorporated the figure of Don Quixote into an on-going debate on Spanish national and imperial decadence and used this figure to promote a nationalistic and jingoistic formula for national-imperial regeneration. Commonly known as the Generation of '98, these writers turned Spain's military defeat at the hands of an emerging American empire into a moral victory. Christopher Britt Arredondo uses the term Quixotism to denote a premodern heroic ideal centered on the figure of Don Quixote as he explores these writers. Here, he shows how Ganivet turns Quixote into a spiritual conquistador; Unamuno, into a tragic messiah; Maeztu, into a smiling priest; and Ortega, into a paternalistic master. Quixotism is a new critical category of political and cultural relevance, not only for fin-de-siècle Spain and the National-Catholic Spain of the Franco era, but also the democratic, postmodern Spain of today.
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  • Hardback | 274 pages
  • 144.8 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 453.6g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791462552
  • 9780791462553

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"This ambitious book addresses one of the most debated topics in Hispanism--the character and significance of the Generation of '98--from a new, thought-provoking angle. Britt Arredondo proposes a new critical category, Quixotism, as a way of identifying a particular cultural response to the national identify crisis following the loss of the final remnants of Spain's overseas empire."
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About Christopher Britt Arredondo

Christopher Britt Arredondo is Assistant Professor of Spanish at The George Washington University.
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