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
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  • Page Count: 430 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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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
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 430 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • 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 of Spanish and international studies at Saint Louis University.
  • Table of contents

    Illustrations
    Acknowledgments
    Note on Translations and Quoted Material

    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 the 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, Epicentre 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: Spectres and Paratopos

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

    Notes
    Works Cited
    Index

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