Madrid 1900: The Capital as Cradle of Literature and Culture

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Reading Madrid's History

Reading the nineteenth-century descriptions of Madrid by its most prominent favorite sons -- Larra, Mesonero Romanos, and Galdós (the adopted one) -- and by others not so prominent, one might say that the history of the city is the history of running water, or the epic tale of city plumbing. Water has been of primordial importance to the city since Philip II moved the court from Toledo to the villa (village, town) of Madrid in 1561 to avoid conflicts with the Castilian nobility. Toledo, also in the center of the peninsula with its majestic Tagus River flowing into the Atlantic as far as Lisbon, should have become the official capital if the course of Spanish history had been orderly and enlightened. Yet history, less orderly and much less enlightened than social critics would like, dictated the transference of the court to a hamlet on a river, the Manzanares, which has been the butt of insults, jokes, and embarrassment to Madrilenians who have seen their river compared disparagingly to rather more impressive -- the Seine, the Thames, the Danube -- rivers that seem to flaunt their capital city's status. For many who have written of Madrid, the Manzanares has symbolized the capital's arbitrariness, its lack of decorum, its lack of water.

It was not until the eighteenth century that Madrid became an urban center. And as the city grew, so did the demand for cleanliness. When Charles III became king of Spain in 1759, he continued the enlightened policies of his brother Ferdinand VI, and high on the list of reforms was urban sanitation. In accordance with a plan presented to the king by one of Madrid's most influential architects and city planners, Francisco

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Reading Madrid's History 25
  • 2 - Urban Sociology and Narrative: Pío Baroja 51
  • 3 - Feminist Madrid: Carmen De Burgos 79
  • 4 - Things of the City: Ramón Gómez De La Serna 105
  • 5 - Madrid, Capital of Bohemia: Ramoón María Del Valle-Inclán 131
  • 6 - Madrid's Grand Country Bumpkin: Azorín 157
  • Conclusion: Madrid City Limits 185
  • Select Bibliography 189
  • Index 199
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