The Cambridge History of Spanish Literature

This first comprehensive history of Spanish literature to be published in English since the 1970s brings together experts from the USA, the United Kingdom, and Spain. Together, the essays cover the full range of Spanish poetry, prose, and theatre from the early Middle Ages to the present day. The classics of the canon of eleven centuries of Spanish literature are covered, from Berceo, Cervantes and Calderón to García Lorca and Martín Gaite, but attention is also paid to lesserknown writers and works. The chapters chart a wide range of literary periods and movements. The volume concludes with a consideration of the influences of film and new media on modern Spanish literature. This invaluable book contains an introduction, more than fifty substantial chapters, a chronology (covering key events in history, literature, and art), a bibliography, and a comprehensive index for easy reference.

• A comprehensive history covering eleven centuries of Spanish literature in all genres • A readable introduction for students new to the field as well as an invaluable companion that scholars and students will turn to again and again • Includes essays by the world’s experts in their field


Part I. Introduction David T. Gies; Part II. History and Canonicity: 1. Literary history and canon formation Wadda Ríos Font; Part III. The Medieval Period: 2. Medieval Spanish literature in the twenty-first century John Dagenais; 3. Beginnings Maria Rosa Menocal; 4. The poetry of medieval Spain Andrew M. Beresford; 5. Medieval Spanish prose James Burke; 6. The medieval theater: between Scriptura and Teatrica Charlotte Stern; Part IV. Early Modern Spain: Renaissance and Baroque: 7. Renaissance and Baroque: continuity and transformation in early modern Spain Jeremy Robbins; 8. Religious literature in early modern Spain Alison P. Weber; 9. Renaissance poetry Julian Weiss; 10. Antecedents of the novel in sixteenth-century Spain E. Michael Gerli; 11. Miguel de Cervantes Anthony J. Close; 12. The making of Baroque poetry Mary R. Gaylord; 13. The development of national theater Margaret Greer; 14. Lope Félix de Vega Carpio Victor Dixon; 15. Pedro Calderón de la Barca Evangelina Rodríguez Cuadros; 16. Didactic prose, history, politics, life writing, convent writing, Crónicas de Indias Jorge Checa; Part V. The Enlightenment and Neoclassicism: 17. Spain and enlightenment Philip Deacon; 18. Eighteenth-century neoclassicism Philip Deacon; 19. Eighteenth-century prose writing Joaquín Álvarez Barrientos; 20. Eighteenth-century poetry Joaquín Álvarez Barrientos; 21. Neoclassicial vs. popular theater Joaquín Álvarez Barrientos; Part VI. The Forging of a Nation: the Nineteenth Century: 22. Romanticism in Spain Derek Flitter; 23. The theater in Romantic Spain David T. Gies; 24. Martino José de Larra Gregorio C. Martín; 25. Romantic poetry Susan Kirkpatrick; 26. Romantic prose, journalism and Costumbrismo Michael Iarocci; 27. Benito Pérez Galdós Harriet S. Turner; 28. The realist novel Stephen Miller; 29. The naturalist novel Stephen Miller; 30. The Theater in post-romantic Spain David T. Gies; 31. Poetry in the second half of the nineteenth century María Ángeles Naval; Part VII. The Modern, Modernismo, and the Turn of the Century: 32. Nineteenth-century women writers Lou Charnon-Deutsch; 33. The Catalan Renaixença Joan Ramon Resina; 34. Great masters of Spanish modernism Nil Santiáñez; 35. The poetry of Modernismo in Spain Richard Cardwell; 36. Modernism in Catalonia Joan Ramon Resina; 37. Modernist narrative in the nineteen-twenties C. A. Longhurst; 38. Noucentisme Joan Ramon Resina; 39. Ideas, aesthetics, historical studies Nelson Orringer; 40. The Catalan avant-garde Joan Ramon Resina; Part VIII. Twentieth-Century Spain and the Civil War: 41. Poetry between 1920–1940 Enric Bou; 42. Prose: early twentieth century Nigel Dennis; 43. The commercial stage, 1900–1936 Dru Dougherty; 44. Theatrical reform and renewal, 1900–1936 Dru Dougherty; 45. Federico García Lorca Andrew A. Anderson; Part IX. In and Out of Franco Spain: 46. The literature of Franco Spain, 1939–1975 Michael Ugarte; 47. Twentieth-century literature in exile José María Naharro Calderón ; 48. Prose in Franco Spain Janet Perez; 49. Poetry in Franco Spain Guillermo Carnero; 50. Theater in Franco Spain Martha Halsey; 51. Film censorship under Franco, 1937–1975 Marvin D’Lugo; Part X. Post-Franco Spanish Literature and Film: 52. Spanish literature between the Franco and post-Franco eras José Carlos Mainer; 53. Post-Franco poetry Juan Cano Ballesta; 54. Post-Franco prose Brad Epps; 55. Post-Franco theater Sharon Feldman; 56. Spanish literature and the language of the new media Susan Martin-Marquez; Bibliography.


\'… for those readers seeking contextualization, theoretical breadth, and insightful criticism into the dynamics of historical and literary change in Spain, and who embrace the notion that juxtaposition of works and authors does not compel coalescence, this Cambridge history stands unsurpassed.\' David K. Herzberger, University of California