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

Paperback | March 16, 2000

byPaul Julian Smith

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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.

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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 cruci...

Paul Julian Smith is Professor of Spanish, University of Cambridge

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 16, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198160011

ISBN - 13:9780198160014

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Time, Space, SubjectivityI. Time1. Modern Times: Francisco Umbral's Chronicle of Distinction2. Between Metaphysics and Scientism: Rehistoricizing Victor Erice3. Cross-Cut: ReplayII. Space4. Social Space and Symbolic Power: Fernando Savater's Intellectual Field5. Between Land and Language: Locating Bigas Luna6. Cross-Cut: CityIII. Subjectivity7. Back to Front: Alberto Cardin's Queer Habitus8. Between Heaven and Earth: Grounding Julio Medem9. Cross-Cut: GypsyConclusionFilmographyBibliography

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`The field of Spanish cultural studies is expanding and Paul Julian Smith's latest book is an exemplary work in this growing discipline.'David Vilaseca, Times Higher Education Supplement