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Iberian ModalitiesA Relational Approach to the Study of Culture in the Iberian Peninsula$
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Joan Ramon Resina

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318337

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318337.001.0001

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Sins of the Flesh: Bullfighting as a Model of Power

Sins of the Flesh: Bullfighting as a Model of Power

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(p.143) Chapter Nine Sins of the Flesh: Bullfighting as a Model of Power
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Iberian Modalities
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William Viestenz

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318337.003.0010

The image of the bull has become for Spanish national identity a kind of totemic image imbued with qualities meant to define and affirm national character. This article argues that interpreting the Catalan prohibition of bullfighting in 2010 as a simple gesture of nationalism overlooks the model of sovereignty embedded within the spectacle. In order to clarify the model of power projected by bullfighting, the article analyses novels and short stories by Juan Goytisolo and Luis Martín-Santos. The Catalan prohibition is thus approached from the vantage point of biopolitics and the relationship between historical memory and the subsidization of certain cultural symbols.

Keywords:   Bullfighting, Sovereignty, Biopolitics, Juan Goytisolo, Luis Martín-Santos, Salvador Espriu, 2010 Catalan Prohibition of Bullfighting

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