Event Date: 9 November 2012
Heroes and Heroines of Wrongdoing
Second Workshop of the AHRC-funded project ‘Wrongdoing in Spain 1800-1936: Realities, Representations, Reactions’
The Wrongdoing project, funded by the AHRC, began in 2011 and will run until the end of September 2014. The Project Leader and Principal Investigator is Professor Alison Sinclair, and the project’s Research Associate is Dr Samuel Llano. There is a PhD student, Ms Nadia Oberto. This team works on a series of research questions related to the varying profiles of the representation of wrongdoing, and its historical realities. The work is in all respects inter-disciplinary, and draws on work done in literary, cultural and musicological studies on the one hand, and on sociology, history, law, criminology and anthropology. It has a particular interest in popular culture and literature.
A key part of the project, related to its emphasis on popular material, is the cataloguing and digitization of a significant body of popular material held at the University Library, Cambridge, and the British Library. This material is of ‘pliegos sueltos’ (chapbooks) and is an ephemeral genre, frequently sensationalist, and habitually sold in the street. It includes ballads and prose writings on wrongdoing, some of them relating to real acts of crime or moral infraction, others being fictional in nature. This body of material offers a rich source of investigation for the project, and will be read in conjunction with other material (newspaper accounts of crime, judicial proceedings and other historical sources on the one hand, and, on the other, fictional works on wrongdoing to be found in both popular culture and elite culture).
Through the three years of the project there is a regular rhythm of workshops, some held in Cambridge, some elsewhere, and two conferences are to be held, one in Cambridge, one in London, alongside exhibitions in the University Library, Cambridge and the British Library.
Programme for the second workshop:
Professor Guy Thompson (Warwick) – Holy Madness
Dr Samuel Llano (Cambridge) - From Public Enemy to National Hero?: The Spanish Gypsy, 1898-1922
Professor Jean Andrews (Nottingham) – “A mí, estos pleitos no me interesan”: Politics and Banditry in Carlos Saura’s Llanto por un bandido (France/Italy/Spain 1964)
Dr Ben Dodds (Durham) – Bandits, Women and the Nation in Spain in the 1930s and 1940s: Juan León, el rey de la serranía by Jesús García Ricote
Dr Rocío Rødtjer (King’s College London) - Julia de Asensi: The Modern Ambiguity of a Nineteenth Century Children’s Author
Professor Alison Sinclair (Cambridge) - The art of heroic suffering