Post-Deconstructive Subjectivities in Spanish Writing and Film, 1960s to 1990s
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
Queer Events offers radical new rereadings of crucial texts from the era of the Spanish transition to democracy. From Terenci Moix to Vicente Aranda, most of the major writers and filmmakers of the time are found here but David Vilaseca also addresses many who deserve to be better known, including Antonio Roig, controversial scholar Alberto Cardín, and the directors of the short-lived yet vital film movement known as the Barcelona School. Drawing on queer theory and the philosophies of Badiou, Agamben, and Deleuze, Queer Events reconceptualizes a complex period in Spanish history characterized by discomfort with the past and deep ideological conflict with the present.
“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 the self in Spanish culture and of honing already startling skills of exposition of complex philosophical and cultural critical ideas.”
Life of Film Stills
Introduction—Queer Events: Locating the Universal in the Spanish Transition
1. Of Rats and Men: The Homosexual's 'Becoming-Animal' in Antonio Roig's Autobiographical Trilogy
2. Antigone in Hyde Park: Homosexuality and the Ethics of the Event in Antonio Roig's Autobiographical Trilogy
3. How Does One Escape One's Own Simulacrum? Time, Repetition and the 'Asceticism' of Being in Terenci Moix's Autobiography
4. Deleuze no es únicamente severo: Time and Memory in the Films of the Escola de Barcelona
5. Saint Cardín: Sacredness, 'Sinthomosexuality' and the (Non-)Place of the Queer in the Spain of the Transition
Conclusion—A Queer 'Passion for the Real'