CLAS visiting PhD researcher Luis Martínez del Campo has just published his first book, La formación del gentleman español. Las residencias de estudiantes en España (1910-1936), Zaragoza, IFC, 2012.
Luis, who is currently completing his PhD at the University of Zaragoza in Spain, spent Semester 2 at Liverpool under the supervision of Dr Kirsty Hooper. During his stay in Liverpool, Luis worked primarily in the E Allison Peers archive at the Sidney Jones Library, where he uncovered a great deal of important information about Peers and about the history of Hispanic Studies in Liverpool, which he presented in a very well-received research seminar in May.
Luis’s first book, which was published by Zaragoza’s Institución Fernando el Católico, explores the influence of English ideals of masculinity on the development of education in early 20th-century Spain, as he explains:
This book focuses on the history of different residential institutions, in which a new ruling class was educated after 1898. From 1910 to 1936, many residential centres for undergraduates were set up in Spanish cities: Madrid, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Santander, Jaca, etc. The educationalists who were in charge of those foundations were attracted by the English ideal of masculinity. They considered the English gentleman was the best model to educate a new Spanish minority who would be able to regenerate Spain. As the British gentleman was educated at the oldest English universities, the Spanish residential institutions were made to be like Oxbridge colleges. My book sheds light on this cultural process, which involved the mixing of three concepts that were emerging in the 19th century: nation, education and masculinity.
Congratulations to Luis!