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Postmodernity in Spanish Fiction and Culture by Yaw Agawu-Kakraba

Postmodernity in Spanish Fiction and Culture


Postmodernity in Spanish Fiction and Culture by Yaw Agawu-Kakraba

Postmodernity in Spanish Fiction and Culture is a compelling study that combines elements of cultural studies and literary studies in order to present an integrated cultural representation of the emergence of a postmodern social constitution for contemporary Spain. Marking a departure from earlier works about postmodernity and postmodernism in Spain, Postmodernity in Spanish Fiction and Culture establishes a strong connection between postmodernity understood as arising from the social and economic conditions that are the unique features of a Spain of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and postmodernism as the lifestyle experiences that manifest the new cultural and artistic practices of the 1980s and beyond. This study examines postmodernity by relating it to those exclusive social and cultural experiences that are patently Spanish (the movida, desencanto, immigration, globalization and terrorism) and concludes that by virtue of Spain's unique socio-cultural, economic and political history, the country emerges as one of the most postmodern of all European nations; moreover, the conditions that define the country's evolution from the mid 1980s to the present constitute a distinctively authentic postmodernity.


Yaw Agawu-Kakraba sets out to demonstrate how postmodernity is a concept that can be applied not only to the Spain of the 1980s but also to the Spain of the twenty-first century. He extends the definition of postmodernity to encompass works that display not only the techniques of postmodernism but also its political and ethical ideology. Moving through very Spanish concepts such as movida ,

pasotismo and desencanto, he attempts to reveal a profound postmodernity in contemporary letters, particularly in the works of Villena, Falcon, Umbral, Manas and various science fiction writers of the past decade. His goal is to analyze 'what really constitutes postmodernity within the Spanish context.
The book is a serious look at an important matter, is written with conviction and good close readings of the texts to offer a new window into contemporary Spanish literature and culture

. --David T. Gies, University of Virginia

About the Author

Yaw Agawu-Kakraba is Professor of Spanish at Pennsylvania State University.

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Publication date

15th October 2010


Yaw Agawu-Kakraba

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University of Wales Press


224 pages


Cultural studies
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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