Donald L. Shaw (essay date 1975)
SOURCE: Shaw, Donald L. “Origins and Definitions.” In The Generation of 1898 in Spain, pp. 1-16. London: Ernest Benn Ltd., 1975.
[In the following essay, Shaw traces the origins of the Generation of 1898 and provides a definition of the literary movement.]
I. THE CUBAN QUESTION
The loss of Spain's colonial possessions in continental Latin America in the early nineteenth century was greeted in the mother country with comparative indifference; but the emergence of a liberation movement in Cuba aroused intransigent opposition. Cuba had come to be seen as virtually part of Spain. Its economic importance, especially for Catalonia, was...
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