A New History of Spanish Writing, 1939 to the 1990s

A New History of Spanish Writing, 1939 to the 1990s

by Chris Perriam, Michael Thompson, Susan Frenk
     
 


A New History of Spanish Writing, 1939 to the 1990s explores the diversity of some sixty years of imaginative writing by Spaniards, its interactions with Spain's peculiarly dramatic history since the end of its Civil War, and its wider thematic significance. It covers the famous and canonical texts of the most recent in Modern Spanish literature but alsoSee more details below

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A New History of Spanish Writing, 1939 to the 1990s explores the diversity of some sixty years of imaginative writing by Spaniards, its interactions with Spain's peculiarly dramatic history since the end of its Civil War, and its wider thematic significance. It covers the famous and canonical texts of the most recent in Modern Spanish literature but also explores areas less well-known outside Spain (essays and editorials, queer narrative, new poetry, comics, and texts of the militant and reactionary Right). More space than is usual in literary histories is allowed for commentary on famous texts, but the book also makes room for the marginalized and for socially contextualized explorations of the interconnectedness of various forms of writing. The overall structure is not chronological but thematic, dealing with abstract and topical issues such as silence, the family, or realism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198715160
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1First Perspectives: Spain from 1939 to the 1990s1
1.1Introduction1
1.2Springtime for Franco: From 1939 to the early 1950s1
1.3Making the Dictatorship Work: Change in the 1950s13
1.4Cracks and Fissures: 1962-197515
1.5Changes: 1975-199620
2Rewriting History
2.1Eternal Spain: The Mythology of Empire25
2.2Educational Texts: Indoctrinating the Young27
2.3Poetry of the 1940s: Victory, 'Rootedness', Uncertainty31
2.4Drama: Restaging the Past36
2.5Prose Writing in the 1940s38
3Reclaiming History
3.1Essays in New History44
3.2Poetry: Becoming Committed45
3.3Drama: History in Motion47
3.4Representing Ordinary Histories: Ramon Jose Sender and Ignacio Aldecoa57
3.5Deconstructing History62
4Keeping it in the Family68
4.1Constructing the Model68
4.2Deconstructing the Model73
4.3Family Dramas77
4.4Women Writing the Family86
4.5Modernization and the Family90
5Power and Disempowerment96
5.1Gendered Discourses of Power96
5.2Church and State105
5.3Answering Back108
5.4Against the PSOE114
6Languages of Silence118
6.1Keeping it Quiet118
6.2Poetry of Exile and Absence125
7Getting a Sense of Reality135
7.1Power and Reality135
7.2Versions of Realism135
7.3From Realism to Anti-Realism?143
7.4Escapisms and Realisms in the Theatre149
7.5New Realism in Poetry157
8New Writing: New Spain?163
8.1Problems of Categorization163
8.2Experience and Experimentalism: Juan Goytisolo and Juan Benet168
8.3A Return to Realism175
8.4Wild Fantasies177
8.5Poetic Rewrites179
8.6'New' Theatre: Abolishing the Pyrenees184
9Languages of Pleasure188
9.1The Persistence of Romance188
9.2Eroticism and Sexual Liberation193
9.3Pleasure in Poetry200
9.4Commercial Erotica204
10Through the Kaleidoscope208
10.1From One Nation to Many208
10.2Old and New Voices213
10.3Women's Voices?214
10.4Generation X: Who am I?216
10.5Resexing the Nation219
References222
Index of Names and Topics235

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