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Masculine Figures: Fashioning Men and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century Spain

Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 4:45pm

Klarman, K164

Nicholas Wolters is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Before joining the faculty at Wake Forest, he earned his MA in Spanish and French literature from the University of Delaware and completed his PhD in Spanish at the University of Virginia. Nicholas’ teaching and research interests include modern and contemporary Iberian (Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese) literature and visual culture, masculinities studies, and film and television studies. His interdisciplinary work on these and related topics appears in peer-reviewed edited volumes and journals such as Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.

His book, Masculine Figures: Fashioning Men and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century Spain (Vanderbilt University Press, 2023), studies cultural representations of men—from the student and the priest to the businessman and the heir—as signs of authorial self-fashioning among bourgeois novelists like Benito Pérez Galdós and Narcís Oller. By historicizing and analyzing a diverse array of texts including advertisements, department store catalogs, fashion plates, paintings, and Spanish- and Catalan-language memoirs and novels, Masculine Figures recovers the many threads connecting middle-class manhood, consumer culture, and artistic production amidst Spain’s fraught attempts to modernize.

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Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, English, History, Romance Studies, Society for the Humanities, Institute for European Studies



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Wake Forest University

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