The Baroque in the Construction of a National Culture in Francoist Spain

Posted in journal articles by Editor on August 18, 2014

From Taylor & Francis:

Bulletin of Spanish Studies: Hispanic Studies and Researches on Spain, Portugal and Latin America 91.5 (2014).

Special issue on ‘The Baroque in the Construction of a National Culture in Francoist Spain’, edited by Paula Barreiro López, Carey Kasten and Tobias Locker.

The baroque was both praised and attacked by critics for overwhelming the viewer through art. Yet its indisputable importance in Hispanic tradition and its characteristic intensity made the baroque an important element of culture during the regime of Francisco Franco (1939–1975). Not only did the baroque anchor official Francoist culture, its influence was also apparent in the regime’s politics, which used the baroque as an ideological legitimising tool in intellectual discourses. This interdisciplinary special issue is the first single volume to examine the influence of baroque tradition on Francoist Spain, analyzing cultural and political examples of twentieth-century reinterpretations of the baroque. For example, the concept of hispanidad, which underpinned Spain’s foreign policy and influenced international perceptions of the country, contained many baroque elements. By analysing its imprint on Spain’s culture industry both at home and abroad this special issue demonstrates the essential role the baroque played in the creation of a national and cultural identity during the dictatorship in Spain.

• Tobias Locker, “The Baroque in the Construction of a National Culture in Francoist Spain: An Introduction,” pp. 657–71.

• Till Kössler, “Education and the Baroque in Early Francoism,” pp. 673–96.

• Carey Kasten, “Staging the Golden Age in Latin America: José Tamayo’s Strategic Ascent in the Francoist Theatre Industry,” pp. 697–714.

• Paula Barreiro López, “Reinterpreting the Past: The Baroque Phantom during Francoism,” pp. 715–34.

• Noemi De Haro-García and Julián Díaz-Sánchez, “Artistic Dissidence under Francoism: The Subversion of the Cliché,” pp. 735–54.

• Johannes Großmann, ” ‘Baroque Spain’ As Metaphor. Hispanidad, Europeanism and Cold War Anti-Communism in Francoist Spain,” pp. 755–71.

• Julio Montero and María Antonia Paz, “Lo barroco en la televisión franquista: tipos y temas; actores y escenarios,” pp. 773–92.

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