It conceptualizes Spanishness
through dark humor as a specific way of self-knowledge.
Part one of the book, "Rethinking Spanishness
: The Soft Edges of Early Cinema," focuses on films from the silent era until the early 1950s.
Colonialism created the category of "Indians" as much as "Spanishness
" or "whiteness" in order to establish a social and political order (Stoler, 2002).
Ribeiro de Menezes is not the only critic to read deeper into the aesthetics and politics of violence in De la Iglesia; Francisco Fernandez de Alba, for example, posits that in El dia de la bestia, violence exists in physical, psychological, social, and political forms, and as a sort of litmus of the unconscious violence intrinsic to the essence of Spanishness
I argue that among the possible readings of Roman and Gothic identities in the play, one reading emphasizes the Spanishness
of the Goths in late sixteenth-century perceptions.
Their goal is to interrogate the concept of Spanishness
and to place movies center stage in the making of a 'counter-history' of the nation and its cinema, seeking "to unveil the competing discourses at stake in specific films when examined against the rearticulation of different genres and film traditions" (8).
The seventeen contributions that make up the main body of the text are organized in three parts devoted to rethinking Spanishness
through the soft edges of early Spanish cinema, the broadening of perspectives within Spanish film through international influences and genre experimentation, and the appropriating of global themes.
On the contrary, it signals her very Spanishness
. (20) At first, however, she does not realize that fact, feeling only a shudder of sensation in response to the seller's offer: "No sabia por que se estremecio cuando le ofrecian esta 'Guia de Madrid', pues se sentia de repente extrana, ante el 'indigena' que tan generosamente se la ofrecia con su algo de ironia.
When explored, this relationship shows how popular ideas about Spanishness
attributed the tragedy of the war to national character as well as how the integration or otherwise of disruptive visions of wartime Spain shaped the idea of Spain abroad.