There were a number of discourses of modernity in circulation in
Madrid in the early part of the twentieth century and these had an
impact on the desires and ambitions of those who shaped the spaces of
the city. The urban planner, the architect, and the author all have to
have some kind of model, some image, some concept in mind before they
put pen to paper.
Constructing and Resisting Modernity studies the urban spaces imagined
by the technocrats who had the power to shape real urban spaces in
Madrid and relates them to the fiction of authors such as Carmen de
Burgos, José Díaz Fernández and Andrés Carranque de Ríos who responded
by creating utopian and dystopian narratives that critiqued a wide
range of experiences of modernity.