Live Flesh: The Male Body in Contemporary Spanish Cinema (Paperback)
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Live Flesh: The Male Body in Contemporary Spanish Cinema (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 29/06/2007
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In post-Franco Spain, a re-shaping of notions of the masculine has been under way for some time. The authors of "Live Flesh" demonstrate how contemporary Spanish films, during this modern period, have contributed to this process. They do so by visualizing the ways in which Spanish men have been abandoning old self images and adopting new ones, and they explain and explore the complexity and diversity of these fresh cinematic creations of masculine identities. The book's point of focus is Spanish films of the democratic period, both popular and auteur, made by directors of national and international prominence, such as Pedro Almodovar, Alejandro Amenabar, Bigas Luna or Julio Medem, as well as films featuring acclaimed actors who have contributed to the construction of contemporary ideas of the masculine in their country, including Antonio Banderas and Javier Bardem. Using a fresh theoretical framework, embracing queer and feminist theory and concepts of nation, race and class, each chapter examines key films that represent the male body, highlighting notable elements - young, muscular, homosexual, (dis)abled, foreign and so on - and goes on to focus on recent case studies from the early 1990s to the present. An increasingly transnational Spanish cinema is a most promising field in which to explore questions of how male bodies are represented - and mediated - in film. "Live Flesh" more than fulfils this promise and goes further, to reveal how these representations have intervened in the Spanish cultural imagination.

Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
ISBN: 9781845114503
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 21 mm


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''One of [Live Flesh's] great strengths is the way that it builds upon the already habitually sharpened perspective of the emigre internalizing something of a second culture, and adds a strong commitment to seeking out the best and newest in the once home culture. The authors...enthusiastically identify a new, rapidly growing trend towards the formation of a distinctively Spanish style of theorizing visual culture, gender, sexuality, and the everyday and this often proves...interesting...The book is rich in its allusions to contemporary radical debate of this sort in Spain while maintaining a distinctive and original focus...''-- Hispanic Research Journal


''One of [Live Flesh's] great strengths is the way that it builds upon the already habitually sharpened perspective of the emigre internalizing something of a second culture, and adds a strong commitment to seeking out the best and newest in the once home culture. The authors...enthusiastically identify a new, rapidly growing trend towards the formation of a distinctively Spanish style of theorizing visual culture, gender, sexuality, and the everyday and this often proves...interesting...The book is rich in its allusions to contemporary radical debate of this sort in Spain while maintaining a distinctive and original focus...''-- Hispanic Research Journal


''One of [Live Flesh's] great strengths is the way that it builds upon the already habitually sharpened perspective of the emigre internalizing something of a second culture, and adds a strong commitment to seeking out the best and newest in the once home culture. The authors...enthusiastically identify a new, rapidly growing trend towards the formation of a distinctively Spanish style of theorizing visual culture, gender, sexuality, and the everyday and this often proves...interesting...The book is rich in its allusions to contemporary radical debate of this sort in Spain while maintaining a distinctive and original focus...''-- Hispanic Research Journal

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