Writing Wrongdoing in Spain, 1800-1936

November 2017
294 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
Tamesis Books
BISAC LIT004280, HIS045000

Writing Wrongdoing in Spain, 1800-1936

Realities, Representations, Reactions

Edited by Alison Sinclair, Samuel Llano

Tracks the emergence and vicissitudes of attitudes to wrongdoing in Spain from the 19th century through the decades before the Civil War.
The international contributors to this volume explore the rich diversity of cultures and representations of wrongdoing in Spain through the 19th century and the decades up to the Civil War. Their line of enquiry is predicated on the belief that cultural constructions of wrongdoing are far from simple reflections of historical or social realities, and that they reveal not a line of historical development, but rather variation and movement. Voices and discourses arise in response to the social phenomena associated with wrongdoing. They set out to persuade, to shock, to entice, and in so doing provide complex windows on to social aspiration and desire. The book's three sections (Realities, Representations, and Reactions) offer distinct points of focus, and move between areas where control is paramount and on the agenda from above and those where the subtleties of emotional response take pride of place.

Alison Sinclair was Professor of Modern Spanish Literature and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge until retirement in 2014.

Samuel Llano is a Lecturer in Spanish Cultural Studies at the University of Manchester.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Alison Sinclair and Samuel Llano
The Lawyers' Reality: Wrongdoing in Spain in the Era of Codification - Matt Dyson and Aniceto Masferrer
Murder in the Batey: Spanish Justice in the Atlantic Colony (1890-92) - Wadda C. Ríos-Font
Crime, psychology, and 'being a medium' in Spain in the Early Twentieth Century - Belén Jiménez Alonso
Brain States, Sanity, and Wrongdoing: The Neurophilosophy of Pedro Mata - Andrew Ginger
Between the Lunatic Asylum and the Street: Illness, Crime and Dissidence in El caso clínico by Antonio de Hoyos y Vinent - Isabel Clúa Ginés
Against Seemliness: Excess and Its Limitations in Popular Literature - Alison Sinclair
Dubious identity: the Fontanellas Case (1861-1865) - Raquel Sánchez
Mad, Bad or Typically Spanish? Don Benito: Chronotope of a Crime and Its Significance - Patricia McDermott
Fantasies of Passing: The Bandit as Cultural Motif in Late 1920s and Early 1930s Spain - Jo Labanyi
Sacrificial Performances: Confronting discourses on Prostitution in Dulce Dueño - Nuria Godón
Street Music, Honour and Degeneration: The Case of Organilleros - Samuel Llano
Fear in the City: Social Change and Moral Panic in Madrid in the Early Twentieth Century - Rubén Pallol
Journeys to the Catacombs: Forbidden People and Spaces in Modern Madrid (1900-1936) - Fernando Vicente Albarrán
Against the Death Penalty: a Campaign for Clemency in 1914 - Óscar Bascuñán Añover

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