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The Spanish Civil War in cinema

Archibald, David (2004) The Spanish Civil War in cinema. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

In this thesis I present a case study of the Spanish civil war in cinema. I examine how this period has been represented in cinema through time, in different countries and in various cinematic forms. I reject the postmodern prognosis that the past is a chaotic mass, made sense of through the subjective narrativisation choices of historians working in the present. On the contrary, I argue that there are referential limits on what histories can be legitimately written about the past. I argue that there are different, often contradictory, representations of the Spanish civil war in cinema which indicates a diversity of uses for the past. But there are also referential limits on what can be legitimately represented cinematically. I argue that the civil war setting will continue to be one which filmmakers turn to as the battle for the future of Spain is partially played out in the cinematically recreated battles of the pas

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DP Spain
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Supervisor's Name: Gonzalez, Prof. Mike and Eleftheriotis, Dr. Dimitris
Date of Award: 2004
Depositing User: Geraldine Coyle
Unique ID: glathesis:2004-1089
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2009
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:33
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/1089

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