Featuring Post-National Spain. Film Essays.

BookFeaturing Post-National Spain.  Film Essays.

Featuring Post-National Spain. Film Essays.

Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 13

2016

May 6th, 2016

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In the last quarter of the twentieth century a considerable number of Spanish films were involved in the task of essaying the nation, that is, of attempting to make it or make it over, of trying to reshape a national identity inexorably dictated by General Francisco Franco up to his death. The book explores four major issues in this regard: 1) the filmic negotiations of the borders of the nation, focusing particularly on the debated and controversial development of Basque cinema vis-à-vis the films produced in the rest of Spain; 2) the persistence of the old obsession with violence, thought of as an inescapable native trait, in a large amount of post-dictatorial films; 3) the newfound insatiable appetite for cinematic travelling, for going out and coming in through all possible variations of the road and travel movie genres; 4) and the vindication of the mother qua a benign emblem of the land and its people, of the nation. There is a narrative in Spanish cinema, taken as a collective discourse, which ties together these four cinematic topoi and proposes a nation whose specificity must be precisely its impurity—difference within as essence—a hybrid nation located in temporal and spatial rendezvous of past and present, tradition and novelty, centre and margin, inside and outside, on and beyond.

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'Zamora's insightful observations and reflections, bolstered by illustrations, further understanding of how many recent Spanish fiction and nonfiction features have fruitfully undertaken the task of “essaying”—his term—the post-Franco nation. The thorough scholarly apparatus includes an extensive bibliography, and the volume was meticulously produced.'
D West, CHOICE

'Expansive in scope and analytically incisive, Featuring Post-National Spain makes a valuable and dynamic contribution to the fields of Hispanic Studies and Film and Visual Culture.'
Fiona Noble, Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies

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About The Author

Andrés Zamora is Associate Professor of Spanish and European Studies at Vanderbilt University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Contents5
List of Figures7
Acknowledgements9
Prologue11
1. Borders (The Exemplary Basque Case)25
2. Violence (Spanish Eyes)68
3. Travel (The Transhumant Model)115
4. Mothers147
5. Final Remarks (For an Impure Nation)184
Works Cited191
Index of Names206
Index of Film Titles and Directors211