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Spanish Erotic Cinema



This book is the first comprehensive scholarly study of Spanish erotic cinema. It covers a significant part of the history of Spanish film, from the 1920s until today. Starting with a study of the eroticisation of technology in the silent period, the volume then explores the contradictory sexual politics of films produced during the desarrollismo years in the late Franco period. Appropriately, the central part of the book discusses extensively the so-called destape (literally ‘undressing’) period that followed the abolition of censorship during the democratic transition. Comprising an important number of films produced in Spain during the late 1970s and early 1980s, the destape phenomenon is analysed under the prism of class, politics, religion or stardom. The book then examines more recent work and reclaims the importance of Spanish erotic cinema as a genre in itself, but also of explicit depictions of sex as a useful tool to study current and historic social issues including colonialism, immigration, nationalisms, domestic violence or women and LGBT rights. Covering also a wide range of cinematic genres (comedy, horror, melodrama, musicals) – some of which are distinctively Spanish (the destape or the quinqui film, for example) – the book provides an innovative overview of Spanish cinema history and society. The book includes contributions by international experts in the field, including Brad Epps, Santiago Fouz-Hernandez, Sally Faulkner, Antonio Lázaro-Reboll, Annabel Martín, Alejandro Melero Salvador, Jorge Pérez,Carolina Sanabria, Rob Stone, Tom Whittaker, Eva Woods-Peiró, Sarah Wright and Barbara Zecchi.


Fouz-Hernández, S. (Ed.). (2017). Spanish Erotic Cinema. Edinburgh University Press

Book Type Edited Book
Acceptance Date Aug 14, 2016
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2017
Publication Date 2017-04
Deposit Date Apr 30, 2014
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
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Additional Information Through detailed analyses and a wide diversity of theoretical angles, this book provides a rigorous re-examination of the presence and progression of erotic cinema in Spain, acknowledging and celebrating its political and commercial impact in society. It is likely to become an indispensable reference for the study of Spanish cinema. - Isolina Ballesteros, Baruch College and Graduate Center of CUNY This collection of essays will clearly constitute a necessary reference for anyone studying Spanish erotic cinema. It should also be of great interest to all Spanish film scholars as it encourages us to look at familiar films, directors and actors in a new light. Moreover, it prompts readers to explore the wide range of what on-screen eroticism can express (discursively, symbolically, visually, aurally) and do (affectively, didactically), in addition to highlighting its crucial importance in the history of Spanish cinema and society. - Jesse Barker, Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas With an ambitious scope and a roughly chronological coverage of a wide range of periods and mostly mainstream film genres (from 1920s Spanish film culture to the feminist cinema and queer male auteurs of the twenty-first century), Spanish Erotic Cinema is a distinctive landmark at the intersection of studies of sexuality and the body in Spanish Film Studies. - Belén Vidal, Studies in European Cinema Santiago Fouz-Hernández’s edited collection on Spanish erotic cinema is a timely and ground-breaking contribution to the field of Spanish film studies in particular, and Film Studies in general, through its coverage of the ‘erotic content in Spanish cinema from the silent period until today. - JULIÁN DANIEL GUTIÉRREZ-ALBILLA, Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies