Constructing Spain: The Re-imagination of Space and Place in by Nathan Richardson

By Nathan Richardson

Does fiction do greater than simply signify area? Can our stories with fictional storytelling be in themselves spatial? In developing Spain: The Re-imagination of area and position in Fiction and picture, Nathan Richardson explores kinfolk among cultural illustration and spatial transformation throughout fifty years of Spanish tradition. starting in 1953, the 12 months Spanish area was once formally reopened to Western inspiration and capital, and culminating in 2003, the 12 months of Aznar’s unpopular involvement of his state within the moment Iraq conflict, Richardson strains in well known and severely acclaimed fiction and picture an evolution in Spanish storytelling that, whereas at first consultant in nature, more and more engages its viewers in spatial practices that transcend mere conception or perception of neighborhood fabric geographies.

In unique readings of movies through Luis Berlanga, Luis Buñuel, Alex de los angeles Iglesia, Alejandro Amenábar, and Julio Medem, and novels through Juan Goytisolo, Antonio Muñoz Molina, and Javier Marías, Richardson indicates this formal evolution as an important reaction to advancements, restorations, and adjustments of neighborhood landscapes that resulted in the course of those years from quite a few human migrations, tourist-invasions, city improvement plans, resurgent nationalisms, and eventually globalization. As those alterations ensue, Richardson lines a shift within the works studied from mere illustration of spatial switch towards real engagement with transferring actual and social geographies, as they inch ever nearer towards the construction of an exact spatial event for his or her audiences. within the ultimate chapters of this booklet, Richardson deals in-depth and hugely unique readings of the storytelling initiatives of Medem and Marías specifically, displaying how those artists invite readers not to simply reconceive hegemonic notions of area and position, yet to perform replacement notions of being-in-place. In those ultimate readings, developing Spain issues to the most recent advancements in modern Spanish narrative and movie, an increase of latest grammars of production to problem the continuing capital-driven inventive destruction of globalized Spanish geography.

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Indb 34 11/30/11 11:07 AM The Construction of Space and Place in Franco’s Spain (1953–1970) 35 of physical movement on a personal scale, the evidence could no longer be hidden through celebratory journalism or the censor’s touch. Neorealistinspired films such as José Antonio Nieves Conde’s Surcos (1951), a work that traced an exemplary family’s journey from the saintly countryside to a sinful, emasculating city, was declared of “National Interest” by one of Franco’s own ministers. Other movies seconded the Surcos tale, from the feel-good Cerca de la ciudad (1952) to the socially committed Muerte de un ciclista (1956).

In their aesthetic engagements with questions of space and place, literature and film formed, opened, and inhabited possible worlds. NOTES 1. Mike Richards. “Collective Memory, the Nation-State and Post-Franco Society,” in Contemporary Spanish Cultural Studies, eds. Barry Jordan and Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas (London: Arnold, 2000), 38. 2. Arjun Appadurai, Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization, (Minneapolis: Univ. Minnesota Press, 1996), 31. 3. , 44. 4. Tim Cresswell, Place: A Short Introduction, (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004), 10; Edward Casey, The Fate of Place: A Philosophical History, (Berkeley: Univ.

Grounded in his native Basque Country, Medem’s work is, like Marías’s, less concerned with the explicit questions of urbanization that informed the works in the early chapters of this book. Unlike Marías, however, place—that of the Basqueland— features prominently. From his first feature-length film, Vacas (1992), to his documentary exploration of Basque nationalism in La pelota vasca (2003), Medem weaves an intense extra-diegetic narrative exploration of Basque identity and place across his entire oevre of this period.

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