9780198160014

The Moderns Time, Space, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Spanish Culture

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    9780198160014

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    0198160011

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-06-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

This book offers a radically new account of the rich and varied culture of contemporary Spain. It focuses on three intellectuals who chronicle contemporary life (including journalist Francisco Umbral); three filmmakers who engage with the many nationalisms of the Spanish state (Victor Erice,Bigas Luna, and Julio Medem); and three crucial topics that are expressed in many media (the replaying of history, the rise and fall of the city, and the practice of everyday life). Ranging from the ethnographic photography of Cristina Garcia Rodero to the high tech architecture of SantiagoCalatrava and from the hyperrealist painting of Antonio Lopez to the neo-flamenco dance of Joaquin Cortes, this book is also the first to draw on theorists of the intellectual field, the production of space, and the arts of bricolage (Pierre Bourdieu, Henri Lefebvre, and Michel de Certeau). Refutingthe charge that contemporary Spanish culture is trivial or superficial, this book argues that it is fully engaged in the aesthetic and historical project of modernity.

Author Biography


Paul Julian Smith is Professor of Spanish, University of Cambridge

Table of Contents

List of plates
xi
Introduction: Time, Space, Subjectivity 1(8)
Part I. Time
Modern Times: Francisco Umbral's Chronicle of Distinction
9(14)
Between Metaphysics and Scientism: Rehistoricizing
23(19)
Victor Erice
Transcending Time
23(9)
Cinematography, Performance, Scriptwriting
32(10)
Cross-Cut: Replay
42(33)
The Resurrection of History
42(5)
The Future in the Past: Cristina Garcia Rodero and Rafael Moneo
47(12)
Insubstantial Stories: La Cubana and Alvaro Pombo
59(10)
The Forest of Forgetting
69(6)
Part II. Space
Social Space and Symbolic Power: Fernando Savater's Intellectual Field
75(14)
Between Land and Language: Locating Bigas Luna
89(19)
Local History, Local Space
89(8)
Spatializing Time
97(11)
Cross-Cut: City
108(27)
The Production of Urban Space
108(4)
The Evacuated City: Juan Goytisolo and Antonio Lopez
112(9)
Healing the Urban Wound: Santiago Calatrava and Manuel Castells
121(9)
From Flow to Rhythm
130(5)
Part III. Subjectivity
Back to Front: Alberto Cardin's Queer Habitus
135(11)
Between Heaven and Earth: Grounding Julio Medem
146(16)
Postnational Subjects
146(7)
Formal Dislocations
153(9)
Cross-Cut: Gypsy
162(28)
The Subject of Everyday Life
162(4)
Preserving the Proper: Carlos Saura's Carmen and Chus Gutierrez's Alma Gitana
166(8)
Changing their Times: Ketama and Joaquin Cortes
174(8)
From Strategy to Tactic
182(8)
Conclusion: Chronicles of Seduction
186(4)
Filmography 190(3)
Bibliography 193(10)
Index 203

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