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The Configuration of the Spanish Public Sphere: From the Enlightenment to the Indignados

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The Configuration of the Spanish Public Sphere

From the Enlightenment to the Indignados

Edited by David Jiménez Torres and Leticia Villamediana González

326 pages, 15 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-235-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2019)

eISBN 978-1-78920-236-6 eBook

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“This volume combines transnational theoretical and philosophical approaches as well as data-driven analyses to provide a number of innovative answers…In conclusion, this volume is a vigorous working through of the question of whether or not Habermas’ theory contributes to our understanding of cultural, social and political life in Spain since the eighteenth century. The answer across the board is a resounding ‘yes’.” • Bulletin of Spanish Studies

“A valuable critical analysis that sheds new light on the evolution of a concept at the root of many current social and political debates. A notable book that will be of interest to specialists and non-specialists alike.” • Luisa-Elena Delgado, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

“This book makes a fresh and significant contribution to our informed understanding of the interplay of cultural, political and social forces in the emergence of the modern Spanish public sphere. It tackles a wide range of topics, phenomena and institutions that have determined the configuration and the nature of public debate, providing a comprehensive overview of the most salient features of the modernization process.” • Gregorio Alonso, University of Leeds


Since the explosion of the indignados movement beginning in 2011, there has been a renewed interest in the concept of the “public sphere” in a Spanish context: how it relates to society and to political power, and how it has evolved over the centuries. The Configuration of the Spanish Public Sphere brings together contributions from leading scholars in Hispanic studies, across a wide range of disciplines, to investigate various aspects of these processes, offering a long-term, panoramic view that touches on one of the most urgent issues for contemporary European societies.

David Jiménez Torres is Associate Professor at Universidad Camilo José Cela in Spain. He has taught at the University of Manchester and University of Cambridge, where he obtained his doctorate. He is the author of the monograph Ramiro de Maeztu and England: Imaginaries, Realities and Repercussions of a Cultural Encounter (2016). He is also a novelist and a columnist.

Leticia Villamediana González is Senior Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies at the University of Warwick. She has taught at Queen's University, Belfast, where she obtained her doctorate. Her monograph Anglomanía: La Imagen de Inglaterra en la Prensa Española del Siglo XVIII (2019) focuses on the study of anglomania and anglophobia in the Spanish press and their contribution to Spain’s programme of Enlightenment reform.

Subject: History: 18th/19th Century History: 20th Century to Present Sociology
Area: Southern Europe


List of Figures

Introduction: A Spanish Public Sphere?
Leticia Villamediana González and David Jiménez Torres


Chapter 1. Spain and Habermas’s Public Sphere: A Revisionist View
Sally-Ann Kitts

Chapter 2. Benito Jerónimo Feijoo in the Initial Stages of the Spanish Public Sphere: Some Considerations
Noelia García Díaz

Chapter 3. ‘Of National Politeness’: Civility and National Character in Spanish Travel Accounts to Great Britain
Mónica Bolufer Peruga


Chapter 4. News, Censorship and Propaganda in the Gazeta de Mexico during the Summer of 1808
Francisco Eissa-Barroso

Chapter 5. The Role of the Military in the Development of a Spanish Liberal Public Sphere, 1820-1823
Richard Meyer

Chapter 6. The Shape of the Public Sphere in Spain (1860-1899): A Dream of Generalities
Andrew Ginger


Chapter 7. New Women for the Public Space: Aurora Rodríguez Carballeira and the Eugenic Mother (1879-1956)
Alba González

Chapter 8. Miguel de Unamuno’s Notion of Public Sphere
Stephen G. H. Roberts

Chapter 9. Spanish Modern Times: A Cinematographic National Sphere in the First Third of the 20th century
Marta García Carrión

Chapter 10. What was Public Opinion in the Francoist ‘New State’? Information, Publics and Rumour in the Spanish Postwar (1939-1945)
Francisco Sevillano


Chapter 11. The Political Cartoonist as Intellectual: Cultural Hegemony and Consensus in Crisis
Daniel Mourenza

Chapter 12. The Old, the New and the Possible: Challenging Discourses and the Narrative Breach in post-neoliberal crisis Spain
Federico López-Terra

Chapter 13. The 15M Movement: Reinvigorating the Public Sphere in Spain
Georgina Blakeley


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