Book Proposal: Subversive Spanish Cinema: The Politics of Performance

My main research project at present is the production of a monograph entitled Subversive Spanish Cinema: The Politics of Performance. The book takes inspiration from one of the chapters of my PhD thesis, but significantly reworks this material alongside new research. Inspired by a recent post by Ellie Mackin, I have decided to share the book proposal I submitted to I. B. Tauris last year to give an overview of the project and in the case that it should be useful for others currently working on a book proposal. I was offered a book contract and I am currently preparing the manuscript for submission in April 2018.

IB TAURIS BOOK PROPOSAL – The Politics of Performance in Contemporary Spanish Cinema

We the Humanities Curation Week Introduction

Hi folks! My name is Fiona Noble and I am a researcher of Spanish cinema and visual culture. Due to personal circumstances I am not currently employed within an academic institution. I have an honorary affiliation with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University having recently held a Teaching Fellowship there (January-December 2016). I hold a PhD in Hispanic Studies and Film and Visual Culture from the University of Aberdeen, where I also completed an MLitt in Visual Culture and an MA in French and Hispanic Studies.

My research explores audiovisual articulations of identity in contemporary Spanish culture. I am currently preparing a monograph entitled Subversive Spanish Cinema: The Politics of Performance (forthcoming with I. B. Tauris) in which I examine the technical, conceptual and narrative functions of performance in contemporary Spanish cinema. My main claim is that the juncture of performance and cinema is a subversive political site. This project builds upon and extends my doctoral research in which I analysed cinematic representations of children, performers and immigrants in post-Franco Spanish cinema. I have also published on cinematic depictions of children, on intercultural lesbian relationships in contemporary Spanish cinema and on broken bodies in the work of Salvador Dalí.

More broadly, I am interested in gender, sexuality, queer theory, the body, performance, the child, visual pleasure, language-learning, the economic state of affairs with regard to Spanish cinema. Beyond the world of academia, I enjoy going to the cinema (especially to see superhero films!), football (#COYR), cats (I have two), baking and spending time with family & friends.

During my week curating We the Humanities, my aim is to engage a broad audience and introduce them to, or enhance their knowledge of, the artefacts I study in my research. It is well-documented that English-language speakers often lack motivation to learn another language, let alone watch subtitled works. Spanish-language visual culture, with the exception of perhaps Pedro Almodóvar, is virtually absent from the cultural landscape in the UK and I am keen to work towards changing that fact.