15. Scratching the Past on the Surface of the Skin

Embodied Intersubjectivity, Prosthetic Memory, and Witnessing in Almodóvar's La mala educación

  1. Marvin D'Lugo and
  2. Kathleen M. Vernon
  1. Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla

Published Online: 21 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch15

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

How to Cite

Gutiérrez-Albilla, J. D. (2013) Scratching the Past on the Surface of the Skin, in A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar (eds M. D'Lugo and K. M. Vernon), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch15

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405195829

Online ISBN: 9781118325360

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Keywords:

  • Almodóvar's film;
  • embodied intersubjectivity;
  • La mala educación;
  • prosthetic memory;
  • witnessing

Summary

This chapter explores how La mala educación / Bad Education reflects on the way that cinema can function as a mode of witnessing and re-experiencing the traces of the traumatic past and of mediating between individual and collective experiences through a complex relationship between subjectivity, memory, and the ethics of the cinematic image. The author particularly interested in the manner in which Almodóvar's film manipulates the film medium as a generator of what has been defined by Alison Landsberg as “prosthetic memory”. “Embodied intersubjectivity” and “prosthetic memory” correlated with the transportability of memories and experiences, in Almodóvar's film.