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Introduction: Utopias and Dystopias in Modern Spain

Introduction: Utopias and Dystopias in Modern Spain Carlos Ferrera and Juan Pro Utopianism has found expression in several ways throughout history and has reflected the peculiarities of the cultural, political, social, and economic settings in which it has come about. Spain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has been no exception, because while the country has not occupied a significant place in the dominant historical narrative of utopias, recent research has begun to show that it was indeed where many tracts with utopian--and, by way of correlation, dystopian--content came on the scene. Whether we look at the concept of utopia from a formal standpoint, in the sense of a specific literary genre, or we demand certain content features to discuss true utopias, we find that they thrived in Spain, once it was free of the shackles that had been imposed on freedom of thought in preceding centuries. Utopian proposals first came about during the Enlightenment, in the eighteenth century. At that time utopian tracts appeared in Spain, such as the anonymous Descripción de la Sinapia, península en la Tierra Austral ("Description of Sinapia, a peninsula in Terra Australis," generally attributed to Pedro Rodríguez Campomanes) and the design of the New Townships in the Sierra Morena http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Utopian Studies Penn State University Press

Introduction: Utopias and Dystopias in Modern Spain

Utopian Studies , Volume 26 (2) – Oct 16, 2015

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Carlos Ferrera and Juan Pro Utopianism has found expression in several ways throughout history and has reflected the peculiarities of the cultural, political, social, and economic settings in which it has come about. Spain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has been no exception, because while the country has not occupied a significant place in the dominant historical narrative of utopias, recent research has begun to show that it was indeed where many tracts with utopian--and, by way of correlation, dystopian--content came on the scene. Whether we look at the concept of utopia from a formal standpoint, in the sense of a specific literary genre, or we demand certain content features to discuss true utopias, we find that they thrived in Spain, once it was free of the shackles that had been imposed on freedom of thought in preceding centuries. Utopian proposals first came about during the Enlightenment, in the eighteenth century. At that time utopian tracts appeared in Spain, such as the anonymous Descripción de la Sinapia, península en la Tierra Austral ("Description of Sinapia, a peninsula in Terra Australis," generally attributed to Pedro Rodríguez Campomanes) and the design of the New Townships in the Sierra Morena

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Published: Oct 16, 2015

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