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Lost in TransitionConstructing Memory in Contemporary Spain$
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H. Rosi Song

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382875

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382875.001.0001

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Mediating Memory (or Telling How It Happened)

Mediating Memory (or Telling How It Happened)

(p.88) Chapter Four Mediating Memory (or Telling How It Happened)
Lost in Transition

H. Rosi Song

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the success of the television series Cuéntame como pasó (2001- ) and its treatment of the past as symptomatic of the popularity of memory-related works in contemporary Spain. It also looks into the mini-series La chica de ayer (2009) and how in these two series, the past is transformed into a memory project to be narrated, remembered, and recreated. The urgency demonstrated by these shows—their need to account for this lost time—betrays the same contradictory impulses examined previously. The chapter also discusses how popular culture mediates the viewer’s relationship with the past, and how it affects the creation of both cultural and private memories, creating an affective archive of the past.

Keywords:   Television, serials, prosthetic memory, popular culture, affect, Transición

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