While studying the theory and contemporary impact of ‘embodied’ viewing, this book celebrates the emergence and development of Visual Studies as a major subject of research and teaching in the field of Hispanic Studies within the UK over the last thirty years.
By exploring current routes of investigation, as well as analysing future pathways for study in the field, seven highly distinguished Spanish and Latin American scholars examine their own entry into Visual Studies, and discuss the major trends and changes which occurred in the field as matters of the visual gradually became embedded in higher-education curricula and research trajectories. Each scholar also lays out a current research project, or interest, concerning Spain or Latin America within the visual field. The projects variously explore different media – including film, sculpture, photography, dance, and performance art – spread across a wide array of geographical locales, including Mexico, Cuba, mainland Spain, and the Canary Islands.
Offering a map of current and future research in the field, this book provides the first history of visual studies within UK Hispanism. It will be of lasting value to a wide range of scholars and advanced students of Spanish and Latin American cultural, visual, and film studies. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction Jo Evans
1. Notes on the Future (and Past) of Spanish and Latin-American Media Studies Paul Julian Smith
2. Cinephilia and the Unrepresentable in Miguel Gomes’ Tabu (2012) Sally Faulkner
3. Rethinking Spanish Visual Cultural Studies through an ‘Untimely’ Encounter with the Dance/Performance Art of La Ribot Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla
4. History, Modernity and Atrocity in Mexican Visual Culture Andrea Noble
5. The Disintegration of Spanish Cinema Rob Stone
6. Hispanism’s Digital Turn Stephen M. Hart
7. Visual British Hispanism and the Puerto del Rosario ‘parque escultórico’ Jo Evans
Postscript: ‘la travesía del desierto’ Jo Evans
Jo Evans is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at University College London, UK. She specializes in twentieth-century Spanish film and literature. She has published widely on Spanish film and is the author of Moving Reflections: Gender, Faith and Aesthetics in the Work of Ángela Figuera Aymerich (1996) and Julio Medem (2007). She is Associate Editor of the research journal, Bulletin of Spanish Studies.
Julia Biggane is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Aberdeen, UK. She specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish culture, literature, and history. Her work has focused on the Sección Femenina of the Falange in Franco’s Spain, and she has written extensively on the work of Unamuno. She is a General Editor of the research journal, Bulletin of Spanish Studies.
Núria Triana Toribio is Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. She specializes in Spanish cinema and Hispanic film cultures, including popular genres and auteurism, film festivals, film legislation, and film criticism. She is co-editor of the book series 'Spanish and Latin American Filmmakers'.