Contemporary Basque Horror: Legado en los huesos (2019) and the Value of Regional Readings within National Traumas

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The thematic preoccupation with horror in contemporary Basque film texts is
indicative of the diagnostic and pedagogical value of regionally produced
cinemas as major contributions to the wider public reflection and discourse
required for the promotion and preservation of otherwise, often violently,
interrupted historiographical transmission. A regionalist framework requires
more research and a deeper consideration of the markers of cultural identity in
a manner that actively strays from, without losing sight of, the national. The
regional is in constant, highly fluid, dialogue with the national. This framework
witnesses the incursion of the past into the present and of the margins
into the center in a manner that destabilizes often problematically singular
approaches to “national” horror cinemas. The regional approach recognizes
the landmark studies of national horror cinemas, transnationalism, and
accented cinema, seeking to take such approaches a step further. In observing
the interstitial, marginal “dark and shadowy contours of a new world order
that . . . offers no clear image of itself” (Botting and Edwards 18), regionalism
contributes to the development of a more holistic and polyvocal approach that
is necessitated by the transnational, transregional modes of production and
distribution utilized in twenty-first century horror cinema.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-130
Number of pages15
JournalLIT Literature Interpretation Theory
Issue number2
Early online date22 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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