Innocent children, political animals: alternative subjectivities in Basque film and literature

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dc.contributor.author Wilson, Charles (Charles Alfred) en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-10T23:30:26Z en
dc.date.available 2009-02-10T23:30:26Z en
dc.date.issued 2005 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/3386 en
dc.description Restricted Item. Print thesis available in the University of Auckland Library or may be available through Interlibrary Loan. en
dc.description.abstract The use in film and literature of unusual subjectivities enables an alternative representation to be produced of the societies in which they were produced. In the case of Victor Erice and Carlos Saura, the 'Children of Franco' construct serves to express dissident political commentary through the ironically 'depoliticised' gaze of a supposedly innocent' young child. This perspective helps to 'naturalise' the political content of the film and thus circumvent censorship. It is not very common for a film to take up the point of view of an animal, and even less so for the animal in question to be a cow. However, Julio Medem's Vacas (1992) does just that. The resulting 'cow's-eye view' of the world presents a disturbed vision of Basque society and identity. Cycles of ever-repeating violence encircle the Irigibel and Mendiluce 'houses,' under the gaze of the bovine 'silent witnesses,' and the only way to transcend them appears to be through love and death. Animals are more frequent observers of human life in literature, but the type of anthropomorphic narrative found in Bernardo Atxaga's Memorias de una vaca (1991) is rejected by modern, adult society, and deemed suitable only for children's fiction. Despite this, the novel is directed cowards both adults and children, and its implicit ideology carries a political message encouraging the reader to adopt a Basque identity. The deployment of the alternative subjectivities discussed in this thesis, then. contains an element of irony that simultaneously undermines the dominant society depicted and questions concepts of identity. The works explore the environment of the losers of the Civil War from the perspective of an 'innocent' child, and two ironic variants on the mythical rural Basque idyll from a cow's-eye view. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA1572559 en
dc.rights Restricted Item. Print thesis available in the University of Auckland Library or may be available through Interlibrary Loan. en
dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title Innocent children, political animals: alternative subjectivities in Basque film and literature en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/ClosedAccess en


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