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Barcelona's Vocation of Modernity: Rise and Decline of an Urban Image

Joan Ramon Resina


Since the closing decades of the nineteenth century, Barcelona has striven to sustain an image of modernity that distinguishes itself within Spain. This book traces the development of that image through texts that foreground key social and historical issues. It begins with Barcelona's “coming of age” in the 1888 Universal Exposition and focuses on the first major narrative work of modern Catalan literature, La febre d'or. Positing an inextricable link between literature and modernity, the book establishes a literary framework for the evolution of the image of Barcelona's modernity through the ... More

Keywords: Barcelona, modernity, Spain, 1888 Universal Exposition, Catalan literature, La febre d'or, culture, self-reflection

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804758321
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758321.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan Ramon Resina, author