Constructing Spain : The Re-Imagination of Space and Place in Fiction and Film, 1953--2003

By (author) Richardson, Nathan E.

Does fiction do more than just represent space? Can our experiences with fictional storytelling be in themselves spatial? In Constructing Spain: The Re-imagination of Space and Place in Fiction and Film, Nathan Richardson explores relations between cultural representation and spatial transformation across fifty years of Spanish culture. Beginning in 1953, the year Spanish space was officially reopened to Western thought and capital, and culminating in 2003, the year of Aznar's unpopular involvement of his country in the second Iraq War, Richardson traces in popular and critically acclaimed fiction and film an evolution in Spanish storytelling that, while initially representative in nature, increasingly engages its audience in spatial practices that go beyond mere perception or conception of local material geographies. In original readings of films by Luis Berlanga, Luis Bunuel, Alex de la Iglesia, Alejandro Amenabar, and Julio Medem, and novels by Juan Goytisolo, Antonio Munoz Molina, and Javier Marias, Richardson shows this formal evolution as a necessary response to developments, restorations, and transformations of local landscapes that resulted during these years from various human migrations, tourist-invasions, urban development plans, resurgent nationalisms, and finally globalization. As these changes occur, Richardson traces a shift in the works studied from mere representation of spatial change toward actual engagement with shifting physical and social geographies, as they inch ever closer toward the production of an actual spatial experience for their audiences. In the final chapters of this book, Richardson offers in-depth and highly original readings of the storytelling projects of Medem and Marias in particular, showing how these two artists invite readers to not only reconceive hegemonic notions of space and place, but to practice alternative notions of being-in-place. In these final readings, Constructing Spain, points to the newest developments in contemporary Spanish narrative and film, a rise of new grammars of creation to challenge the ongoing capital-driven creative destruction of globalized Spanish geography.

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  • Preface 1. Introduction: Spanish Territories, Global Geographies: Exploring Space and Place in a New Spain A Short Spatial History of Spain Making Money Different(ly): Space and Capital, or the Urbanization of Consciousness Creating Space/Making Reality in a Third Millennium 2. The Production of Space and Place in Franco's Spain, 1953-1970 Once Upon a Place: !Bienvenido, Mr. Marshall! Este cuento se ha acabado: the Spanish State in the Late Francoist Era, 1953-1970 The Ends of Spanish Space: Reivindicacion del Conde don Julian 3. Building Beyond Spain: Readings from the Spanish Novel, 1970-1989 The Beginning of a Promising Friendship: El invierno en Lisboa and the Flows of Postmodern Space A Nation-State of Shadows: Munoz Molina's Beltenebros, 1944-1989 Antonio Munoz Molina (1991- ): Riding Beyond the Storm 4. Sacred Spain: Creative Destruction in the Spanish Cinema, 1961-2000 The Postsecularization Thesis, or Bunuel's Desperate Call for Life: Viridiana 1975-1990: Secular Disenchantment and Sacred Movidas 1990-2000: The Rituals of Design, Corruption, and Consumption in El dia de la bestia 1990-2000, II: Cyber-Messiahs in a New Spain: Alejandro Amenabar's Abre los ojos 5. The World Will Be Redonda, or the Dark Back of Community: the Narrative World of Javier Marias, 1989-1996 Searching for Community in a Syrup-preserved World: Todas las almas The Rise of a Kingdom: Corazon tan blanco, Manana en la batalla piensa en mi, and other Marias challenges, 1989-1996 Arriving at Redonda: Negra espalda del tiempo 6. Preserving the House While Pursuing the World: Julio Medem's Engagement with Basque Space, from Vacas to La Pelota Vasca, 1992-2003 Vacas: Rethinking (Again and Again) Intimate Basque Space Expanding Basqueland: La ardilla roja and Tierra Circling Eden: Los amantes del circulo polar From Euskal Herria to Euskal Hirria, or How to Build a New Basque City: La pelota vasca Afterward: Spanish Grammars of Creation: Re-conceiving, Perceiving, and Practicing Space for the Twenty-First Century Notes Bibliography Index

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書名 Constructing Spain : The Re-Imagination of Space and Place in Fiction and Film, 1953--2003
著作者等 Richardson, Nathan E.
書名別名 The Re-Imagination of Space and Place in Fiction and Film, 1953--2003
出版元 Bucknell University Press
刊行年月 2011.12.16
ページ数 354p
大きさ H240 x W162
ISBN 9781611483963
言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国