Refiguring Spain


Refiguring Spain

Book Pages: 384 Illustrations: 58 b&w photographs, 11 tables, 1 map Published: July 1997

Cultural Studies, History > European History, Media Studies > Film

In Refiguring Spain, Marsha Kinder has gathered a collection of new essays that explore the central role played by film, television, newspapers, and art museums in redefining Spain’s national/cultural identity and its position in the world economy during the post-Franco era. By emphasizing issues of historical recuperation, gender and sexuality, and the marketing of Spain’s peaceful political transformation, the contributors demonstrate that Spanish cinema and other forms of Spanish media culture created new national stereotypes and strengthened the nation’s place in the global market and on the global stage.
These essays consider a diverse array of texts, ranging from recent films by Almodóvar, Saura, Erice, Miró, Bigas Luna, Gutiérrez Aragón, and Eloy de la Iglesia to media coverage of the 1993 elections. Francoist cinema and other popular media are examined in light of strategies used to redefine Spain’s cultural identity. The importance of the documentary, the appropriation of Hollywood film, and the significance of gender and sexuality in Spanish cinema are also discussed, as is the discourse of the Spanish media star—whether involving film celebrities like Rita Hayworth and Antonio Banderas or historical figures such as Cervantes. The volume concludes with an investigation of larger issues of government policy in relation to film and media, including a discussion of the financing of Spanish cinema and an exploration of the political dynamics of regional television and art museums. Drawing on a wide range of critical discourses, including feminist, postcolonial, and queer theory, political economy, cultural history, and museum studies, Refiguring Spain is the first comprehensive anthology on Spanish cinema in the English language.

Contributors. Peter Besas, Marvin D’Lugo, Selma Reuben Holo, Dona M. Kercher, Marsha Kinder, Jaume Martí-Olivella, Richard Maxwell, Hilary L. Neroni, Paul Julian Smith, Roland B. Tolentino, Stephen Tropiano, Kathleen M. Vernon, Iñaki Zabaleta


“The relationships between history, sexuality, and economy as offered by Marsha Kinder in Refiguring Spain are dynamic and mobile. The vision and the implementation of her study are impeccable. She at once configures an order of meaning in the recent past and offers a predictive model for what will continue to happen in the future.” — Tom Conley, Harvard University

“With its original and stimulating theoretical framework, Refiguring Spain complements other recent work dealing with Spanish cinema and media while giving new impetus to these studies.” — Victor Fuentes, University of California, Santa Barbara


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Marsha Kinder is Professor of Critical Studies in the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California. She is author of Blood Cinema: The Reconstruction of National Identity in Spain.

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Acknowledgments ix

Refiguring Socialist Spain: An Introduction / Marsha Kinder 1

Part 1: Historical Recuperation 33

Reading Hollywood in/and Spanish Cinema: From Trade Wars to Transculturation / Kathleen M. Vernon 35

Documenting the National and Its Subversion in a Democratic Spain / Marsha Kinder 65

The Marketing of Cervantine Magic for a New Global Image of Spain / Dona M. Kercher 99

Nations, Nationalisms, and Los últimos de Filipinas: An Imperialist Desire for Colonialist Nostalgia / Roland B. Tolentino 133

Part 2: Sexual Reinscription 155

Out of the Cinematic Closet: Homosexuality in the Films of Eloy de la Iglesia / Stephen Tropiano 157

Pornography, Masculinity, Homosexuality: Almodóvar's Matador and La ley del deseo / Paul Julian Smith 178

La teta i la lluna: The Form of Transnational Cinema in Spain / Marvin D'Lugo 196

Regendering Spain's Political Bodies: Nationality and Gender in the Films of Pilar Miró and Arantxa Lazcano / Jaume Martí-Olivella 215

Part 3: Marketing Transfiguration: Money/Politics/Regionalism 239

The Financial Structure of Spanish Cinema / Peter Besas 241

Spatial Eruptions, Global Grids: Regionalist TV in Spain and Dialectics of Identity Politics / Richard Maxwell 260

Private Commercial Television versus Political Diversity: The Case of Spain's 1993 General Elections / Iñaki Zabaleta 284

The Art Museum as a Means of Refiguring Regional Identity in Democratic Spain / Selma Reuben Holo 301

Annotated Bibliography of English-Language Works on Spanish Films / Hilary L. Neroni 327

Contributors 347

Index 351
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-1938-2 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-1932-0
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