Modern Languages

Spanish Professor Publishes Article

Prof. Useche explores the fictional reconstruction of Spain’s most recent past in Spanish novel and film.

Professor Useche published an article on contemporary Spanish literature and film. His article assesses the prevalence of attention to the Civil War and Francoism in recent Spanish cultural production by examining the political aesthetics of novelist Benjamín Prado and filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia.

The essay evaluates both authors’ attempts to demonstrate the inherently subjective, and in a sense fictitious, nature of all reconstructions of the past. More than simply offering an alternative to the official historical narratives that have become increasingly canonized in contemporary Spain, their works use parody and literary self-consciousness to criticize the ways in which a national obsession with memory has prevented necessary reconceptualizations of  the political.

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