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Title: Adapting Spanish literature : cinema, form, history
Author: Faulkner, S.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2002
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Abstract:
This thesis examines literary adaptation in Spanish cinema as a site for the interaction of formal questions central to the study of film and literature and ideological concerns crucial to late twentieth-century Spain. While cinematic adaptations of literary texts have previously been neglected as they seemingly dilute 'pure' cinema, or have been subjected to analyses which seek to prove the artistic superiority of literature, this study demonstrates that the literary adaptation genre can be creatively energetic and conceptually challenging by drawing examples from Spanish cinema and television of the late dictatorship, transitional and democratic periods. Given the propaganda exercise mounted through cinema under Franco, in chapter one I argue firstly that ideological issues are particularly significant in Spanish film - even though a contradictory appeal to a historical Structuralist models is prevalent in Spanish film scholarship. I contend secondly that because literary adaptation constitutes a dialogue between two media, formal issues are also inevitably raised. In chapters two, three and four I foreground ideological questions by examining three themes of particular importance to late twentieth-century Spain - the recuperation of history, the negotiation of the rural and the urban, and the representation of gender - and consider the related stylistic issues of the supposed affinities between cinematic expression and nostalgia, the city and phallocentrism. In chapter five I place the formal question of the narrator centre stage by assessing Buñuel's previously unacknowledged stylistic debt to Galdós as manifested in his adaptations of Nazarín and Tristana, and examine the ideological implications of the two artists' shared subversion of realism. Questions of history and form are therefore inseparable, and every cinematic adaptation holds in tension its influence by, or its inflection of, the ideology and form of the literary text on which it is based.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.598953  DOI: Not available
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