Figuring Time in Nineteenth-Century Spanish Stories
Modernity's Metonyms considers the representation of temporal frameworks in stories by the nineteenth-century Spanish authors Leopoldo Alas and Antonio Ros de Olano. Adopting a metonymic approach - exploring the reiteration of specific associations across a range of disciplines, from literature, philosophy, and historiography to natural history - author Geraldine Lawless explores the associations prompted by three themes: the railway, food, and suicide. She argues that literary modernity was the expression of the perception that a linear model of time - bringing together the past, the present, and the future - had fragmented into a proliferation of simultaneous moments. Identifying this rupture in the linear model of time places Modernity's Metonyms within the stream of other recent scholarship that has questioned the thesis that Spanish nineteenth-century literature was less experimental and innovative than that of its European neighbours.
About the author:
Geraldine Lawless is Lecturer in Spanish at University of Strathclyde.