Posthumous tales of one, great, free nation: Spanishness in post-Franco Spanish film

Martínez-Expósito, Alfredo (2008) Posthumous tales of one, great, free nation: Spanishness in post-Franco Spanish film. Athenea Digital, 10 14: 143-158. doi:10.5565/rev/athenead/v0n14.357

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Author Martínez-Expósito, Alfredo
Title Posthumous tales of one, great, free nation: Spanishness in post-Franco Spanish film
Translated title Cuentos póstumos de una, grande, libre nación: Españolidad en las películas españolas post Franco
Language of Title eng
spa
Journal name Athenea Digital   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1578-8946
Publication date 2008-10-31
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5565/rev/athenead/v0n14.357
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue 14
Start page 143
End page 158
Total pages 16
Editor L. Iñiguez Rueda
J. M. Muñoz Justicia
Place of publication Cardanyola del Valles, Barcelona, Spain
Publisher Servei de Publicacions, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Language eng
spa
Subject C1
200212 Screen and Media Culture
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Formatted abstract
Los relatos en los que la nación española aparece como una entidad perenne y suprahistórica (mitología del origen de la nación, héroes legendarios, etc.) siempre han desempeñado un papel importante en los modos de comprensión de la propia nación. Este tipo de conocimiento se basa en que la suspensión de la incredulidad por parte de la audiencia y es difícilmente compatible con el acercamiento historiográfico. Las identidades nacionales construidas sobre la suspensión de la incredulidad tienden a reificar o personificar (a veces incluso a deificar) a la nación. La cuestión de la autenticidad se convierte entonces en la clave de cualquier debate entre conocimiento mítico y objetivo. Este artículo analiza los modos de representación mítica de la nación en el cine español del último cuarto del siglo XX.

An important form of transmission of knowledge about the Spanish nation is based on the continuous telling of stories in which the nation features as a suprahistorical, perennial entity. Myths of national origin, golden-age legends, and epics of national heroes are some of these stories. This mode of access to knowledge assumes a suspension of disbelief for the audience, and precludes other attempts to comprehend the nation through scientific research. Subjective national identities constructed upon such suspension of disbelief have a tendency to reify, personify or even deify the nation. In the struggle between mythic and objective knowledge, the question of authenticity becomes a hotly contested arena. This paper attempts to address questions of mythical national representation in Spanish films of 1975-2000.
Keyword National identity
Mythic knowledge
Objective knowledge
Post-Franco Spanish cinema
Cinema and national identity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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