Between Market and Myth: The Spanish Artist Novel in the Post-Transition, 1992-2014 (Campos Ibéricos: Bucknell Studies in Iberian Literatures and Cultures) (Paperback)

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In its early transition to democracy following Franco’s death in 1975, Spain rapidly embraced neoliberal practices and policies, some of which directly impacted cultural production. In a few short years, the country commercialized its art and literary markets, investing in “cultural tourism” as a tool for economic growth and urban renewal. The artist novel began to proliferate for the first time in a century, but these novels—about artists and art historians—have received little critical attention beyond the descriptive. In Between Market and Myth, Vater studies select authors—Julio Llamazares, Ángeles Caso, Clara Usón, Almudena Grandes, Nieves Herrero, Paloma Díaz-Mas, Lourdes Ortiz, and Enrique Vila-Matas—whose largely realist novels portray a clash between the myth of artistic freedom and artists’ willing recruitment or cooptation by market forces or political influence. Today, in an era of rising globalization, the artist novel proves ideal for examining authors' ambivalent notions of creative practice when political patronage and private sector investment complicate belief in artistic autonomy.

Published by Bucknell University Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press. 

About the Author


KATIE J. VATER is an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her published research centers on inter-art dialogues and ekphrasis, in addition to the artist novel and representations of cultural labor. Her current research examines neoliberalism’s relationship to literature in Spain, especially after the 2008 financial crisis.
 

Praise For…


"Between Market and Myth covers a fascinating topic which allows for the exploration of questions central to the cultural production of the period and of the changing, at times contradictory, role of the artist. The topic is exciting and timely, and Vater presents a provocative frame for the discussion."

— Elizabeth Drumm


Product Details
ISBN: 9781684482214
ISBN-10: 1684482216
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Publication Date: July 17th, 2020
Pages: 226
Series: Campos Ibéricos: Bucknell Studies in Iberian Literatures and Cultures
 
 
 
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