Queer Events

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Queer Events

Post-deconstructive Subjectivities in Spanish Writing and Film 1960s-1990s

Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 4

2010

May 24th, 2010

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Queer Events studies the representations of queer subjectivities during the Spanish Transition era (1960s to 1990s), drawing on some of the most influential critical theorists and philosophers of our times (Gilles Deleuze, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou). The book focuses on well-known Spanish authors and film-makers (Terenci Moix, Vicente Aranda) as well as on others who have merited far less critical attention so far (including Antonio Roig, Alberto Cardín, and the directors of the short-lived avant-garde film movement known as ‘Escuela de Barcelona’).

Queer Events studies for the first time crucial texts from the era of the Spanish Transition to democracy, taken here as the period lasting from the 1960s to the 1990s. It offers radically new readings of some major writers and filmmakers, such as Terenci Moix and Vicente Aranda, but also addresses some who deserve to be better known: defrocked priest and autobiographer Antonio Roig, controversial scholar and fiction-writer Alberto Cardín, and experimental film directors José Maria Nunes, Jacinto Esteva-Grewe and Joaquín Jordà, members of the short-lived, but vital, movement known as ‘the Barcelona School’. David Vilaseca treats this group of texts, both literary and cinematic, in a wholly original way. Drawing on some of the most influential theorists and philosophers of our time never previously used in a Hispanic context (Deleuze, Agamben, Žižek and, above all, Badiou), Queer Events argues for a radical re-reading of a complex period in Spanish history, which is characterized by amnesia in relation to a painful past and ideological conflict within an unsettling present. The book argues that the Transition emerges as (in Badiou’s terms) the great ‘evental site’ of modern Spain, from which radically new ways of thinking can still emerge.

This is a challenging, compelling, and very well written book which builds on the author’s brilliant Hindsight and the Real in the double sense of taking further a highly significant exploration of representations of (roughly) the self in Spanish culture and of honing already startling skills of exposition of complex philosophical and cultural critical ideas.

Chris Perriam

... readers will gain from his rigorous theoretical analyses an enriched and nuanced understanding of post-Francoist writing and film, and Spanish queer aesthetics and praxis. The book will surely be cited by scholars of these subjects for a long time to come, and will stand as a testament to the brilliant but all-too-short intellectual career of the author.

Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 45.1

Queer Events continues to question perceptions of the self, to deconstruct reassuring identity positions, and to interrogate the ethical engagement of writer and reader. Like his earlier work, Vilaseca’s ideas and material here are always thought-provoking, often challenging; though he was unable to continue that work himself, his work will continue nonetheless as an inspiration for others.
Stuart Davis, Modern Language Review

Queer Events continues to question perceptions of the self, to deconstruct reassuring identity positions, and to interrogate the ethical engagement of writer and reader. Like his earlier work, Vilaseca’s ideas and material here are always thought-provoking, often challenging; though he was unable to continue that work himself, his work will continue nonetheless as an inspiration for others.
Stuart Davis, Modern Language Review

Author Information

David Vilaseca was Professor of Hispanic Studies and Critical Theory at Royal Holloway, University of London, and author of Hindsight and the Real: Subjectivity in Gay Hispanic Autobiography (Peter Lang, 2003) and L’aprenentatge de la soledat (Edicions 3i4, 2008; winner of the 2007 Octubre Prize for Catalan fiction). He was killed in a traffic accident in London on 9 February 2010.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
Table of Contents6
Preface8
Acknowledgements12
List of Film Stills14
Introduction Queer Events: Locating the Universal in the Spanish Transition16
1 Of Rats and Men: The Homosexual’s ‘Becoming-Animal’ in Antonio Roig’s Autobiographical Trilogy33
2 Antigone in Hyde Park: Homosexuality and the Ethics of the Event in Antonio Roig’s Autobiographical Trilogy79
3 How Does One Escape One’s Own Simulacrum? Time, Repetition and the ‘Asceticism’ of Being in Terenci Moix’s Autobiography106
4 Deleuze no es únicamente severo: Time and Memory in the Films of the Escola de Barcelona147
5 Saint Cardín: Sacredness, ‘Sinthomosexuality’ and the (Non-)Place of the Queer in the Spain of the Transition194
Conclusion A Queer ‘Passion for the Real’231
Bibliography236
Index249