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Spanish SpacesLandscape, Space and Place in Contemporary Spanish Culture$
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Ann Davies

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318221

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317750

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Immigration: north (of) Africa

Immigration: north (of) Africa

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(p.142) Chapter Eight Immigration: north (of) Africa
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Spanish Spaces
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317750.008

This chapter addresses a different aspect of Spain as seen from both inside and outside — that of immigration. The immigration considered is specifically that of immigration from Africa, which brings into play Spain's uneasy position as a frontier between Europe and Africa. It analyses the ways in which the coastline is figured in Chus Gutiérrez's Poniente (West) and Imanol Uribe's Bwana. It considers the importance of city space through a discussion of Antonio Chavarrías' Susanna and the coast and city space in tandem in Ignacio Vilar's Ilegal. This chapter suggests that these films are in the end films about Spaniards, and the immigrant is a fleeting trace on screen.

Keywords:   immigration, Africa, Chus Gutiérrez, Poniente, Imanol Uribe, Bwana, Antonio Chavarrías, Susanna, Ignacio Vilar, Ilegal

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