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Spanish Fascism and the Spectacle of Garcia Lorca's Missing Corpse (Carmen Moreno Nuño)

  • 4/21/2014 | 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Location: Moulton Union, Main Lounge
  • Event Type: Lecture

Spanish Fascism and the Spectacle of Garcia Lorca's Missing Corpse (Carmen Moreno Nuño)Professor Carmen Moreno Nuño, University of Kentucky, focuses on the memory of the Spanish Civil War, which has become a central topic in Spain in the twenty-first century, generating a very heated public debate. Taking as a point of departure a new concept of memory that conceives of it as a contested site, she develops an analysis of the press (440 articles) released around the failed opening of poet Federico García Lorca's grave in 2009-10. García Lorca's death, which epitomizes the horror of Fascism, is one of the most intriguing mysteries of the twentieth century. The failed opening of his alleged grave illustrates how memory has become a site of contestation, as the meaning of the missing corpse and its emblematic status is displaced by a new discourse that turns the opening of the grave into a spectacle, constraining and encapsulating the elusive myriad of meanings that surround Lorca's dead body into a simplified (and politically non-threatening) discursive construction.

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