This work examines the connections between national decadence and the figure of the female spendthrift in seven novels from the combined literary opus of Emilia Pardo Bazan (1851-1921) and Benito Perez Galdos (1843-1920). This study draws on critical perspectives offered by several disciplines in its explanation of the relationship between consumerism and on Spanish decadence and modernity.
Lara Anderson is Convenor of Spanish at the University of Melbourne.
Preface by Joyce Tolliver; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Constructs of Consumerism, Details of Decadence; I. Diagnosing Decadence and Curing Consumerism; II. The Regeneration of the Nation and its National Legends; III. Lo cursi and National Decadence; IV. Emulation, Imitation and Decline; Consuming Women as Allegory for National Decadence; V. Trade Deficit and Decadence; VI. Nations Destroyed and Built; Conclusion; Select Bibliography; Index.