Literary Adaptations in Spanish Cinema

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Tamesis, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 198 pages
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New readings of literary and cinematic texts are presented here in historical context, informed by cultural theory. In her survey of the history of Spanish cinema in the dictatorship and democratic periods, the author argues that studies of adaptations must simultaneously address questions of 'text' - formal issues central to the study of film and literature - and 'context' - ideological concerns crucial to late twentieth-century Spain. She examines three themes of particular importance to contemporary Spanish culture - the recuperation of history, the negotiation of the rural and the urban, and the representation of gender - and considers the related stylistic issues of the affinities between cinematic expression and nostalgia, the city and phallocentrism. The study concludes with an analysis of the formal question of the narrator in film and literature, through an assessment of Buñuel's previously unacknowledged stylistic debt to Galdós as manifested in his adaptations of Nazarín/ and Tristana. SALLY FAULKNER is Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Exeter.
 

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Contents

Texts and Contexts
1
Aesthetics and History
15
In Search of Authenticity
24
Tiempo de silencio Aranda 1986
33
Violence and Nostalgia in the Country and the City
47
Rural Space
53
Violence in Absolute Space
54
Nostalgia for Absolute Space
60
Fortunata y Jacinta Fons 1970
89
Fortunata y Jacinta Camus 1980
97
Film and Television Adaptations of La Regenta
108
La Regenta Gonzalo Suárez 1974
110
La Regenta Méndez Leite 1995
115
Buñuels Debt to Galdós
126
From Uncertainty to Censure
136
From Ambiguity to Sabotage
148

Urban Space
66
Violence in Abstract Space
67
Beyond Abstract Space
72
Gender and the Adaptations of Fortunata y Jacinta and La Regenta
79
Film and Television Adaptations of Fortunata y Jacinta
88
Cinema and History
163
FILMOGRAPHY
167
BIBLIOGRAPHY
171
INDEX
189
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Sally Faulkner is Lecturer in Hispanic Studies and Film Studies, University of Exeter