Topographies of Fascism: Habitus, Space, and Writing in Twentieth-Century Spain

By Nil Santiáñez

© 2013

Topographies of Fascism offers the first comprehensive exploration of how Spanish fascist writing – essays, speeches, articles, propaganda materials, poems, novels, and memoirs – represented and created space from the early 1920s until the late 1950s. Nil Santiáñez contends that fascism expressed its views on the state, the nation, and the society in spatial terms (for example, the state as a “building,” the nation as an “organic unity,” and society as the “people’s community”), just as its adherents celebrated fascism in its architecture, public spectacles, and military rituals.

While Topographies of Fascism centres on Spain, a nation that produced a large number of fascist texts focused on space, it also draws on works written by key German, Italian, and French fascist politicians and intellectuals. Ultimately, it provides an innovative model for analyzing the comparable yet often overlooked strategies of symbolic representation and production of space in fascist political and cultural discourse.

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  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 432 pages
  • Illustrations: 15
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.3in x 9.3in
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Topographies of Fascism offers the first comprehensive exploration of how Spanish fascist writing – essays, speeches, articles, propaganda materials, poems, novels, and memoirs – represented and created space from the early 1920s until the late 1950s.

Topographies of Fascism: Habitus, Space, and Writing in Twentieth-Century Spain

By Nil Santiáñez

© 2013

Topographies of Fascism offers the first comprehensive exploration of how Spanish fascist writing – essays, speeches, articles, propaganda materials, poems, novels, and memoirs – represented and created space from the early 1920s until the late 1950s. Nil Santiáñez contends that fascism expressed its views on the state, the nation, and the society in spatial terms (for example, the state as a “building,” the nation as an “organic unity,” and society as the “people’s community”), just as its adherents celebrated fascism in its architecture, public spectacles, and military rituals.

While Topographies of Fascism centres on Spain, a nation that produced a large number of fascist texts focused on space, it also draws on works written by key German, Italian, and French fascist politicians and intellectuals. Ultimately, it provides an innovative model for analyzing the comparable yet often overlooked strategies of symbolic representation and production of space in fascist political and cultural discourse.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 432 pages
  • Illustrations: 15
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.3in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    Topographies of Fascism is an original, ambitious, and innovative study which offers fascinating insights into the use and representation of space in Spanish fascism… Only with books like this will the spectre of Spanish fascism be finally exorcised.’


    Jordi Cornellà
    Bulletin of Spanish Studies January 2016

    ‘This is a good tool for writers and researchers interested in Spanish Civil War, fascist politics, and literature.’


    C. Prieto
    Choice Magazine, vol 51:06:2014

    “An original and enormously erudite work, Topographies of Fascism contributes significantly to historical and literary understanding. I was struck by the Nil Santiáñez’s breadth of research, especially his capacity to uncover unknown or forgotten texts. His  objectives are ambitious in the extreme, but backed up by equally extremely solid scholarship.”


    Enric Ucelay-Da Cal, Department of Humanities, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Author Information

    Nil Santiáñez is a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Saint Louis University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction

    1. A POLITICS OF SPACE

    Concepts of Space; Mapping; Planning; Ordering

    2. MOROCCO: THE FORGING OF A HABITUS

    Colonial Space and Fascism; Technologies of Tropological Striation; Spatial History and Tropological Striation; The Legion: A Pedagogy of a Habitus; Places of Radical Evil; Warmongering and the Colonization of Spain

    3. SPATIAL MYTHS

    Fascist Journeys; Habitus and Myth; Castile, or the Ur-topia; The Telluric Being; Rome, Epicenter of a Totalitarian Production of Space; Rome, Capital of Spanish Fascism; The Grammar of Empire

    4. THE CITY

    Hegemony and the City; Spatial Antagonisms and the Rhetoric of Walking; The City at War; Spatial Form and the Rhetoric of Mapping; Into the Battlefield; Longing for the City; Representing Fascist Urban Space; The Performance of Victory

    5. RUSSIA: SPECTERS AND PARATOPOS

    Returning a Courtesy Call; Territorial Alterity and Absolute War; The Paratopos; The House of the Specter; The Visit; The Being-for-War; Unforgiving; Ghostly Cities; Revenants

    Works Cited

    Notes

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