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Title: Entre pasión y protesta : the socio-cultural polemics on bullfighting from the Enlightenment to post-Franco contemporary Spain
Author: Mark Richard William , McKinty
ISNI:       0000 0004 6059 4664
Awarding Body: Queen Mary, University of London
Current Institution: Queen Mary, University of London
Date of Award: 2016
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The modern bullfight has its roots in eighteenth-century Spain. As the spectacle developed within the country’s changing socio-cultural context, the debate surrounding its role and position within society began to emerge, establishing a controversial conversation which continued during subsequent centuries. The polemic remains active and unresolved, as antitaurinos celebrate and aficionados attempt to come to terms with the 2012 prohibition of bullfighting in Catalonia. My research examines the development of the socio-cultural polemics on bullfighting from the Enlightenment to post-Franco contemporary Spain. I outline how the origins of the debate coincide with the birth of modern bullfighting, and examine the development of arguments as presented by key cultural figures throughout various significant time periods in Spanish history. This study attempts to redress a lack of English-language academic study on bullfighting and the associated debate. Furthermore, it is motivated by three methodological approaches which make it an original contribution to international research: I survey and analyse in a connected manner both pro- and anti-bullfighting perspectives as found primarily in literature, but also in other expressions; I consider these contributions within their socio-cultural context to better understand the inextricable relationship between the bullfighting debate and wider society; and I attempt to trace the development of these arguments and their manifestations over time.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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