Spanish Spaces is a pioneering study that marries contemporary cultural geography with contemporary Spanish culture. The field of cultural geography has grown both extensively and rapidly, as has the field of cultural analysis and debate on Spanish cultural texts; yet despite a convergence in study between cultural geography (and cultural studies more widely) and cultural texts themselves, this has made little impact to date within the area of contemporary Spanish cultural studies. Yet Spain’s varied terrain, with complex negotiations between rural, urban and coastal (negotiations that have on occasion spilled over into political and violent conflict), and perhaps its very lack of a contemporary landscape tradition familiar to British and German cultural studies, offer the opportunity for fresh insights into questions of landscape, space and place. Drawing on case studies from contemporary Spanish film and literature, Davies explores the themes of memory and forgetting, nationalism and terrorism, crime and detection, gender, tourism and immigration, investigating what it means to think of space and places in specifically Spanish terms. An Open Access edition of this work is available on the OAPEN Library.
A pioneering study that marries contemporary cultural geography with contemporary Spanish culture. Consists of thematic case studies - memory and forgetting, nationalism and terrorism, crime and detection, gender, tourism and immigration - as negotiated through cultural texts. An innovative book that investigates what it means to think of space and place in specifically Spanish terms.
Spanish Places is an interesting reading around the notion of Spain and its currency as a concept and a national structure. While the selection of works can be debated or a more expanded discussion of regional identities desired, this study offers an innovative look into the discipline of Spanish cultural studies. The multiple works that are discussed to formulate this argument are informative and ultimately an invitation to take into account the role which landscape, geography, place and location play in the imaginary construction of the nation.
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