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

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

Peter Evans
This book provides a welcome opportunity for taking stock both of the explosion of writing since democracy and of the wealth and variety of material that has sometimes been overlooked in lofty dismissals of pre-democratic Spain as as arid wilderness of ideologized culture...The focus on popular writing is particularly gratifying, as it brings to the fore a whole sweries of texts and traditions often overlooked by canon-seekers, inside and outside the Academy.
Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198715177
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Perriam is Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Newcastle. Michael Thompson is Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Durham. Susan Frenk is Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Durham. Vanessa Knights is Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Newcastle.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1 First Perspectives: Spain from 1939 to the 1990s 1
1.1 Introduction 1
1.2 Springtime for Franco: From 1939 to the early 1950s 1
1.3 Making the Dictatorship Work: Change in the 1950s 13
1.4 Cracks and Fissures: 1962-1975 15
1.5 Changes: 1975-1996 20
2 Rewriting History
2.1 Eternal Spain: The Mythology of Empire 25
2.2 Educational Texts: Indoctrinating the Young 27
2.3 Poetry of the 1940s: Victory, 'Rootedness', Uncertainty 31
2.4 Drama: Restaging the Past 36
2.5 Prose Writing in the 1940s 38
3 Reclaiming History
3.1 Essays in New History 44
3.2 Poetry: Becoming Committed 45
3.3 Drama: History in Motion 47
3.4 Representing Ordinary Histories: Ramon Jose Sender and Ignacio Aldecoa 57
3.5 Deconstructing History 62
4 Keeping it in the Family 68
4.1 Constructing the Model 68
4.2 Deconstructing the Model 73
4.3 Family Dramas 77
4.4 Women Writing the Family 86
4.5 Modernization and the Family 90
5 Power and Disempowerment 96
5.1 Gendered Discourses of Power 96
5.2 Church and State 105
5.3 Answering Back 108
5.4 Against the PSOE 114
6 Languages of Silence 118
6.1 Keeping it Quiet 118
6.2 Poetry of Exile and Absence 125
7 Getting a Sense of Reality 135
7.1 Power and Reality 135
7.2 Versions of Realism 135
7.3 From Realism to Anti-Realism? 143
7.4 Escapisms and Realisms in the Theatre 149
7.5 New Realism in Poetry 157
8 New Writing: New Spain? 163
8.1 Problems of Categorization 163
8.2 Experience and Experimentalism: Juan Goytisolo and Juan Benet 168
8.3 A Return to Realism 175
8.4 Wild Fantasies 177
8.5 Poetic Rewrites 179
8.6 'New' Theatre: Abolishing the Pyrenees 184
9 Languages of Pleasure 188
9.1 The Persistence of Romance 188
9.2 Eroticism and Sexual Liberation 193
9.3 Pleasure in Poetry 200
9.4 Commercial Erotica 204
10 Through the Kaleidoscope 208
10.1 From One Nation to Many 208
10.2 Old and New Voices 213
10.3 Women's Voices? 214
10.4 Generation X: Who am I? 216
10.5 Resexing the Nation 219
References 222
Index of Names and Topics 235
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