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Canine colloquium: skeuomorphism and the transitional dog in 'La Criatura', 'Solas', and 'Recuerdos de perrito de mierda'

Prout, Ryan ORCID: 2017. Canine colloquium: skeuomorphism and the transitional dog in 'La Criatura', 'Solas', and 'Recuerdos de perrito de mierda'. Bulletin of Spanish Studies 1 (1) , pp. 65-93. 10.1080/24741604.2017.1301351

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This article applies Jean E. Veevers' tripartite schematization of the social meaning of pets to an interpretation of canine protagonism in three Spanish texts. The functions of domestic pets identified by Veevers—projection, sociability and surrogacy—are mapped onto La criatura, directed by Eloy de la Iglesia (1977), Solas, written and directed by Benito Zambrano (1999) and Recuerdos de perrito de mierda, written and illustrated by Marta Alonso Berná (2014). Animal companions are made central in my analysis which fuses ethological cinematic theory with a review of critical reception to produce new readings of the texts. These uncover deconstruction of heteropatriarchy, gendered neo-liberalism and speciesism, loci hitherto unexplored in detail with respect to the corpus of material. The article posits the dog as an analogue skeuomorph and as a register of transformation that marks a shift in canine rhetorical value from psychopomp in the 1970s to remnantal residue of cultural memory in the 2010s.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
D History General and Old World > DP Spain
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1475-3820
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 January 2017
Date of Acceptance: 9 September 2015
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2023 20:05

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