Topographies of Fascism: Habitus, Space, and Writing in Twentieth-Century Spain

Topographies of Fascism: Habitus, Space, and Writing in Twentieth-Century Spain

by Nil Santianez

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Overview

Topographies of Fascism offers the first comprehensive exploration of how Spanish fascist writing – essays, speeches, articles, propaganda materials, poems, novels, and memoirs – represented and created space from the early 1920s until the late 1950s. Nil Santiáñez contends that fascism expressed its views on the state, the nation, and the society in spatial terms (for example, the state as a “building,” the nation as an “organic unity,” and society as the “people’s community”), just as its adherents celebrated fascism in its architecture, public spectacles, and military rituals.

While Topographies of Fascism centres on Spain, a nation that produced a large number of fascist texts focused on space, it also draws on works written by key German, Italian, and French fascist politicians and intellectuals. Ultimately, it provides an innovative model for analyzing the comparable yet often overlooked strategies of symbolic representation and production of space in fascist political and cultural discourse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442663664
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 10/28/2013
Series: Toronto Iberic
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Nil Santiáñez is a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Saint Louis University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. A POLITICS OF SPACE

Concepts of Space; Mapping; Planning; Ordering

2. MOROCCO: THE FORGING OF A HABITUS

Colonial Space and Fascism; Technologies of Tropological Striation; Spatial History and Tropological Striation; The Legion: A Pedagogy of a Habitus; Places of Radical Evil; Warmongering and the Colonization of Spain

3. SPATIAL MYTHS

Fascist Journeys; Habitus and Myth; Castile, or the Ur-topia; The Telluric Being; Rome, Epicenter of a Totalitarian Production of Space; Rome, Capital of Spanish Fascism; The Grammar of Empire

4. THE CITY

Hegemony and the City; Spatial Antagonisms and the Rhetoric of Walking; The City at War; Spatial Form and the Rhetoric of Mapping; Into the Battlefield; Longing for the City; Representing Fascist Urban Space; The Performance of Victory

5. RUSSIA: SPECTERS AND PARATOPOS

Returning a Courtesy Call; Territorial Alterity and Absolute War; The Paratopos; The House of the Specter; The Visit; The Being-for-War; Unforgiving; Ghostly Cities; Revenants

Works Cited

Notes

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“An original and enormously erudite work, Topographies of Fascism contributes significantly to historical and literary understanding. I was struck by the Nil Santiáñez’s breadth of research, especially his capacity to uncover unknown or forgotten texts. His objectives are ambitious in the extreme, but backed up by equally extremely solid scholarship.”

Enric Ucelay-Da Cal

“An original and enormously erudite work, Topographies of Fascism contributes significantly to historical and literary understanding. I was struck by the Nil Santiáñez’s breadth of research, especially his capacity to uncover unknown or forgotten texts. His objectives are ambitious in the extreme, but backed up by equally extremely solid scholarship.”

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