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Title: Identity, Space and Nation: A Comparative Study of Contemporary Irish and Spanish Cinema
Author: Holohan, Conn
ISNI:       0000 0001 3580 8825
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis adopts a comparative approach to the study of Irish film, establishing shared cultural characteristics which have existed within twentieth century Ireland and Spain, and tracing the effects of these nationally specific characteristics into the representational strategies of recent Irish and Spanish cinema. In such a way it accounts for the specificities of Ireland's social and cultural experiences whilst situating Ireland's historical development in a European context. It traces the demise of an insular Catholic-nationalism as the dominant ideology within Ireland and Spain, examining the effects of this on representations of contemporary life within their national cinemas. One of its central arguments is that this demise has left a problematic relationship to power within both cultures as previous power structures are rejected within the process of modernisation. The effects of this are traced into the representations . of state and pareo/al authority within recent Irish and Spanish cinema. Other effects of the shift in values within both cultures include the focus on a mobile sexuality as a symbol of the modernised nation and a move from the rural to the urban as the paradigmatic space of national life.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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