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[ecrea] New Book: Gender and Violence in Spanish Culture

Thu Jan 25 21:58:57 GMT 2018

New Book:/.Gender and Violence in Spanish Culture./ /From Vulnerability to Accountability /(Peter Lang). Editors María José Gámez Fuentes (Universitat Jaume I, Spain) and Rebeca Maseda García (University of Alaska Anchorage) –

We are delighted to share with you the first comprehensive study in English language on the politics of configuration of gender violence in Spain. The chapters analyse the complex intersections between cultural representations (in media, art, film, press, internet, etc.), civil society, activism, state discourse and theory. Thus, the volume, on the one hand, enables to trace the chiaroscuros of how the issue has been framed (by the media and the state) in a country such as Spain (praised in the 2010 UN Handbook for Legislation on Violence Against Women for its advanced approach), and, on the other, offers a nuanced panorama of representational initiatives that subvert the normative framework of recognition of victims. As a result, the reader can find perspectives that re-signify vulnerability and frame accountability within the representational tradition, the community, and the state.


The Configuration of Gender Violence: A Matrix to Be Re-Loaded, María José Gámez Fuentes and Rebeca Maseda García


Chapter 1: To Conceptualize Is to Politicize: Why Spain Has Acted as Pioneer Regarding “Gender Violence”, Ana de Miguel Álvarez

Chapter 2: In the Wake of Ana Orantes. For an Ethical Representation of Violence Against Women, Juana Gallego

Chapter 3: Silenced Voices: Prostitutes, Lesbians and “Bad Women” in Spanish Public Policies on Gender Violence, Emma Gómez Nicolau


Chapter 4: Tactical Media and Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: Fetishization and Counterhegemonic Frameworks of Recognition, Sonia Núñez Puente

Chapter 5: Feminist Activism and the Role of Memory in Revisiting the Discourse on Gender Violence in Spain, Laura Castillo Mateu

Chapter 6: Dialogues Among Diverse Women: Transforming Established Hegemonic Narratives in Associative Initiatives, Lídia Puigvert and Cristina Pulido


Chapter 7: Narrative Representations of Gendered Violence and Women’s Resistance in Francoist Spain: Dulce Chacón’s /La voz dormida/ (2002) and Almudena Grandes’s/Inés y la alegría/ (2010), Sarah Leggott

Chapter 8: From the /Rape of Europa/ to Art Against Gender Violence in Spanish Culture, Marián López Fernández Cao and Juan Carlos Gauli Pérez

Chapter 9: Homophobia, Ethical Witnessing and the Matrix of Gendered Violence: Issues of Intersectionality in Luppi/Hornos’s /Pasos/, Alfredo Martinez-Expósito

Chapter 10: /Ella(s)/: Resisting Victimhood, Unveiling Institutional Violence in Docufiction, Vera Burgos-Hernández

Chapter 11: /Carmina o revienta/and /Carmina y amen/: Female Transgressions of Victimhood in Spanish Popular Cinema, María Castejón Leorza and Rebeca Maseda García

No more Victims: Changing the Script, Rebeca Maseda García and María José Gámez Fuentes

*Advance praise for **/Gender and Violence in Spanish Culture/* <>

—Athena Athanasiou, Professor of Social Anthropology and Gender Studies, Panteion University, Greece; Co-author with Judith Butler of /Dispossession: The Performative in the Political/

 “This multivocal collection offers a nuanced account of the social rituals of normalization that set the conditions of gender violence and make it possible, ‘ordinary,’ and ultimately silenced. In delving into the intricacies of normative gender violence, the book interrogates the discursive matrices of gender and violence, as well as of the entrenched construction of gender-and-violence, including female victimhood and the paternalistic snares of recognition. Locally grounded and self-consciously situated, it powerfully reconsiders the current critical field of gender violence/power and its epistemological premises by suggesting new feminist conceptions (at once theoretical and political) of transformative critique and responsibility.”

—Chris Perriam, Professor of Hispanic Studies, University of Manchester, United Kingdom; Member of the Editorial Collective of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies and of the Editorial Boards of the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas and Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures

 “This collection builds an arresting account of the configuration of gender violence in modern Spanish contexts, but it also proposes a conceptual reconfiguration. Gender violence and reactions to it are opened up from a series of disciplinary perspectives, acutely drawn together by the editors in an exemplary introduction. Activism, creativity, genuinely critical theory, and a progressive, often queered feminist politics traverse the collection. With the majority of the research originally conducted through the medium of Spanish and focusing on crucial case studies and sites of resistance in Spain, the collection brings to the English-speaking scholarly world new and exceptionally significant material that would otherwise be less well known.”

  Thank you.


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