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Title: 'La Luna de Madrid' and La Movida : Madrid, magazines, and postmodernity
Author: Usoz De La Fuente, Maite
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2013
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Abstract:
This thesis considers the relevance and legacy of the Spanish 1980s urban youth movement that came to be known as la movida through a close textual analysis of one of its key cultural products, monthly magazine La Luna de Madrid (1983-1988). While the past two decades have seen la movida acquire a quasi-mythical status within the Spanish popular imaginary, the academy still appears reticent to consider the phenomenon in any depth, often dismissing it on the grounds of its disunity, its irreverence and ephemerality, its lack of political engagement, and its embrace of 'low' or popular culture. This thesis argues that such a critical stance is problematic, inasmuch as it relies upon value criteria -notions such as coherence and political engagement (understood in party-political terms, or in terms of a clear Right/Left binary) - that no longer apply within a postmodern context in which the distinctions between high and 'low' art, lived experience and creative activity, provocation and co-option appear as increasingly blurred. This research offers an alternative critical framework for La Luna de Madrid and la movida, focusing on three recurring motifs: urban space and city life; individual, gender, sexual and national identities; and postmodernism. My exploration of these three broad thematic poles within La Luna de Madrid suggests that la movida ought to be understood as neither a senseless explosion of youthful energy harnessed by the Socialist government for political gain, as some of its critics have argued; nor as a new golden age of Spanish (counter)culture, as nostalgic reviews of the period often imply. Rather, this thesis concludes, la movida was both of these things, and more: a disparate, ambiguous, contradictory (and hence typically postmodern) range of visions of and for Spain's new reality, not only as a newly-democratic country, but also as a contender within an increasingly globalised cultural landscape.
Supervisor: Kent, Alicia Dawn ; Bonaddio, Federico ; Boyle, Catherine Mary ; Munoz Sempere, Daniel Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.769890  DOI: Not available
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