‘The Problem of the Future in Nineteenth-Century Spain’

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    Abstract

    This article examines the problems and paradoxes in the representation of the future in three nineteenth-century Spanish works: El futuro Madrid (1868) by Fernández de los Ríos, ‘Madrid en el siglo xxi’ (1847) by Neira de Mosquera, and Ni en la vida ni en la muerte by Juan Bautista Amorós (Silverio Lanza). While these texts demonstrate Spain’s participation in the general movement towards using the future as a setting for literary works, they do not corroborate the theory that the nineteenth century was a time of optimism and belief in the doctrine of Progress. Concepts derived from discussions of the future in the history of ideas, such as historia magistra vitae, are shown to be relevant to discussion of these futuristic fictions, in sometimes unexpected ways.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)147-62
    Number of pages16
    JournalHispanic Research Journal
    Volume16
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015

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