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V for vivienda, V for viñeta: Housing policy and spaces for living in Spanish comics and graphic novels

Prout, Ryan ORCID: 2020. V for vivienda, V for viñeta: Housing policy and spaces for living in Spanish comics and graphic novels. Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies 10.1080/24741604.2020.1827611

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This article uses new economic and activist histories of Spain’s housing sector to read the representation of domestic spaces in Spanish comics and graphic novels, from 13, Rue del Percebe (Francisco Ibáñez, first published 1961), to Españistán (Aleix Saló, 2011), and La casa (Paco Roca, 2015). It examines how Spanish sequential art reflects the continuities between housing strategies in the Franco era and the effects of unreformed policy on Spain’s economy post 2008. The article asks why housing has been so prominent in the Spanish comic and why 13, Rue del Percibe is regarded by some as paradigmatic of Spanish sequential art. The article incorporates the representation of the so-called Chaletgate debacle in its argument, and also presents a close reading of the innovative formal, narrative, and genre-specific techniques employed by Paco Roca in La casa. The article’s discrete sections articulate a reading of comic living space that uncovers a historical, economic, and social history suturing the dictatorship period and the post-transitional democratic era around the triangular tourism-construction-finance development model pursed in Spain since the 1950s

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Submitted
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 10 February 2019
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 05:49

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