Revitalizing Youth in the Body Politics of Contemporary Spanish Culture.

Show simple item record Boalick, Aaron R. en_US 2013-09-24T16:02:17Z NO_RESTRICTION en_US 2013-09-24T16:02:17Z 2013 en_US en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation establishes an immunizing model for conceptualizing modern Spanish masculinity through an analysis of texts by fascist theorists Ernesto Giménez Caballero, Juan Antonio Vallejo-Nágera, and cinema by José Luis Sáenz de Heredia. It then proceeds to expose how film and literature by the “children of Franco” challenges such hegemonic models of masculinity through readings of the films La caza, by Carlos Saura, La mala educación by Pedro Almodóvar, and Pa negre by Agustí Villaronga. The novel Señas de identidad and autobiography Coto vedado by Juan Goytisolo participate in this project of resistence from the realm of literature. I then demonstrate the legacy of the imposition of Francoist masculinity found in the current political period in Spain in films and a novel dealing with drugs and youth in the Transition, and films concerning the health of the body during the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Eloy de la Iglesia’s El Pico, José Angel Mañas’s Las historias del Kronen, and Pedro Almodóvar’s Todo sobre mi madre betray such continuities between old fascist and contemporary paradigms for conceptualizing the body. This immunizing model of heroic imperial masculinity haunts Spanish culture in representations of the young male. The fascist victory of the Spanish Civil War brought with it cultural, educational, and medical apparatuses of biopolitical control. Such machineries were designed to “cure” the nation of leftist political ideologies, effeminacy, and the decline of the imperial race. For the regime, the greatest promise of a robust future for Spain resided in its youth. And, so, they became a primary target of its disciplining mechanisms. This revitalizing mandate on youth of some seventy years ago still reverberates in new cultural production today. Traces of its contours are evident in depictions of the tumultuous development of the intellectual commitments, sexuality, and bodily health of the young from the Franco period to the Transition. I call the traces of this phenomenon evidence of a bad education, and it has marked narratives of growing-up as a boy in Spain since its authoritarian institutionalization. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Juan Goytisolo en_US
dc.subject Pedro Almodovar en_US
dc.subject Carlos Saura en_US
dc.subject Masculinity en_US
dc.subject Spain en_US
dc.subject Fascism en_US
dc.title Revitalizing Youth in the Body Politics of Contemporary Spanish Culture. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreename PhD en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreediscipline Romance Languages & Literatures: Spanish en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantor University of Michigan, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Moreiras-Menor, Cristina en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Halperin, David M. en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Caron, David en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Herrero-Olaizola, Alejandro en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Highfill, Juli A. en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Screen Arts and Cultures en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Studies en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Romance Languages and Literature en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel West European Studies en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Women's and Gender Studies en_US
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Humanities en_US
dc.owningcollname Dissertations and Theses (Ph.D. and Master's)
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