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Between automoción patria and maternal combustion: Driving through change in Sor Citroën (1967)

Prout, Ryan ORCID: 2012. Between automoción patria and maternal combustion: Driving through change in Sor Citroën (1967). International Journal of Iberian Studies 24 (2) , pp. 109-127. 10.1386/ijis.24.2.109_1

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Critics, fans and bloggers have recently articulated a polarized set of responses to the 1967 film Sor Citroën alongside a growth in nostalgia for early models of smallformat Spanish cars. This article uses key texts by Virginia Scharff and Deborah Clark on the history of women's automobilism to posit that the dissonances and paradoxes that have previously been identified in Sor Citroën reflect not only the contradictions of a stagnant desarrollista politics but also the ambiguities and paradoxes of a car culture that has its roots in a patriarchal paradigm of automobile production and consumption. The article further posits that Sor Citroën reflects an inflection point in Spanish automotive culture and that its central character anticipates debate over the relationship between cars, reproduction and female autonomy. Dialogue with post-transitional Spanish film asks if Sor Citroën was a decisive departure from automoción patria or simply a brief detour from its trajectory.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sor Citroën; dabadaba film; patriarchal automobilism; desarrollismo; women's automobilism; reproduction; gender
Publisher: Intellect
ISSN: 1364-971X
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 14:23

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