Fashioning Men and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century Spain
Fictional masculinity performs a symbolic role in representing and negotiating the contradictions male novelists often encountered in their attempts to professionalize not only as writers, but also as businessmen, professors, lawyers, and politicians. Through specific and recurring figures like the student, the priest, the businessman, and the heir, male novelists portray and represent an increasingly middle-class world at odds with the values and virtues it inherited from an imperial Spanish past, and those it imported from more industrialized nations like England and France. The visual culture of the time and place marks the material turn in middle-class masculinity and sets the stage for discussions of race and sexuality.
Chapter 1: The Student
Chapter 2: The Priest
Chapter 3: The Businessman
Chapter 4: The Heir
"This book is an excellent piece of scholarship. It is thoroughly researched, nicely organized, and in line with current scholarly trends. Moreover it is highly readable. Significantly, this project represents the most in-depth look at fashion and Spanish masculinities to date."
—Collin McKinney, author of Mapping the Social Body: Urbanisation, the Gaze and the Novels of Galdós
"The project is very well researched, and the arguments are well contextualized. Challenging conventional ways of thinking of the relation between nineteenth-century bourgeois masculinities and the consumer culture, the book is a valuable contribution to nineteenth-century Spanish literature and gender studies."
—Dorota Heneghan, author of Striking Their Modern Pose: Fashion, Gender, and Modernity in Galdós, Pardo Bazán, and Picón