Contemporary Spanish Culture: Television, Fashion, Art and Film / Edition 1

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This accessible introduction to the exciting field of contemporary Spanish visual culture is the first of its kind. It combines cultural context with close readings of particular works.

Going beyond the field of cinema, in which Spain is an acknowledged leader, Smith examines new developments in television, where original and innovative series drama has recently blossomed. He also explores Spanish fashion, where 'classic' design is married to high tech production and distribution.

Two aspects of Spanish visual art are considered: the career of Miquel Barcelo, global artist and pure painter, and Basque conceptual art which, through photography and installation, puts a new spin on international questions of gender and sexuality.

Finally, Contemporary Spanish Culture examines Catalan independent cinema and the most recent work of Spain's best known director, Pedro Almodovar, who has resurrected a genre long considered dead: the art movie.

This innovative new book provides an ideal introduction for undergraduates and will be essential reading for those working in Hispanic studies, cultural studies, and film.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[Smith] touches on a multitude of areas of everyday life in Spainand, as an antidote to the pessimism of theorising aboutglobalization, offers a passionate view of the distinctiveness ofmodern Spanish culture."

Times Higher Education Supplement

"Admirably clear, this book should attract interested generalreaders as well as the more obvious academic audience."

British Bulletin of Publications on Latin america, theCaribbean, Portugal and Spain

"Paul Julian Smith's work is indispensable to the fields of filmstudies and
Spanish cultural studies. Impressive in its range and specificity,this book weaves together cultural theory with detailed studies of Spanishtelevision,
male fashion, visual arts and film."

Emilie L. Bergmann, University of California atBerkeley

"This is an excellent volume, ranging widely but also deeplyover many lively issues."

Peter Evans, Queen Mary and Westfield,London

"Paul Julian Smith’s new book extends the reach of Spanishcultural studies into uncharted territories: through and beyondcinema and the visual arts to fashion and network television.Steeped in Bourdieu’s studies of cultural distinction, Smithis more cosmopolitan ethnographer than armchair academic as hedevelops a method of thick, layered, and multidisciplinarydescription to explain and analyse the intersection of markets andaesthetics in the production and consumption of sucessful TV drama,independent Catalan cinema or classic masculine fashion."

Kathleen M. Vernon, State University of New York at StonyBrook

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745630533
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Julian Smith is the Professor of Spanish at the University of Cambridge

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.


Introduction: Cultures of Distinction.

Chapter 1: Quality TV?: the periodistas notebook.

Chapter 2: Classic Fashion?: the Adolfo Domínguez samplebook.

Chapter 3: Pure Painting?: The Miguel Barceló sketchbook.

Chapter 4: Queer Conceptualism?: Basque artists on theborders.

Chapter 5: Catalan Independence?: Ventura Pons's nichecinema.

Chapter 6: Resurrecting the Art Movie?: Aldomodóvar's blueperiod.


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