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534. From Conchita Piquer to Isabel Pantoja: Divas and the Spanish Cultural Imaginary

Saturday, 7 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Ravenna A and B, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Silvia Bermúdez, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

Speakers: José Colmeiro, Univ. of Auckland; Luis Cuesta, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; Jorge P. Pérez, Univ. of Kansas; Israel Rolón-Barada, Univ. of Cincinnati; Stephanie Anne Sieburth, Duke Univ.; Eva Woods Peiró, Vassar Coll.

For abstracts, write to after 1 Dec.

Session Description:

How can we explain the enduring presence of diva and folkloric performers in twentieth-century Spanish culture? Panelists will present briefly on folclórica culture in the 1910s and 1920s, folclóricas as working women, transgressive and conservative filmic roles in the Franco era, folkloric performers' excessive Spanishness, divas' transatlantic and gay appeal, and the formation of conflicting fan groups. Half the session will be devoted to discussion.


  • General Literature – Cultural Studies, Folklore, and Popular Culture

  • Spanish Literature – Twentieth Century

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