Experience Put to Use
Edited By Celia M. Wallhead
Further to the first book, Writers of the Spanish Civil War: The Testimony of Their Auto/Biographies (2011), which featured the writings on the war (1936–39) of six key British and American authors: Gerald Brenan, Robert Graves, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Stephen Spender and Laurie Lee, this new work studies the actions in the war of those physically involved and writings focused on the war, either at the time or later, by eight more foreign authors: Virginia Woolf, John Dos Passos, Franz Borkenau, V. S. Pritchett, André Malraux, Arthur Koestler, Martha Gellhorn and Peter Kemp. In addition to comparing their autobiographies with what their biographers said, in order to show up any discrepancies, as had been done in the first book, here, the texts are scrutinized to detect use of stereotypes or adaptation of the material to other purposes in the writing. New perspectives are introduced now in that two of the authors are women, one writing from a distance but deeply affected by the war (Virginia Woolf) and one active in journalism on the spot (Martha Gellhorn), and our final author, Peter Kemp, went to Spain to fight on the side of the Nationalists under Franco as opposed to the Republicans.
Notes on contributors
Mauricio D. Aguilera Linde has been a Senior Lecturer in English and American Literature in the Department of English and German at the University of Granada, Spain, since 1992. Editor of an anthology of Victorian fairytales and a collection of Indian short fiction, he specialises in American short fiction and drama of the forties and fifties from a cultural materialist perspective. He has recently edited and prefaced three collections of Indian short fiction, one by J. P. Das and two by Gopinath Mohanty. His essay ‘Martha Gellhorn’s “Zoo in Madrid”: Hope and Betrayal in the Spanish Civil War’ has recently been published in Complutense Journal of English Studies 25 (2017): 143–158. He is a member of the research group “Studies in Narrative in English.”
Juan Antonio Díaz López has recently retired from his post as a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Granada. He has published widely on British travel literature (his documentary film work on the subject will appear on Channel 2 of Spanish Television in autumn 2017), Literature of the Thirties and the Spanish Civil War and British Hispanism. He is the Academic Patron of the Gerald Brenan Foundation and the author of the first biography of Gerald Brenan. He divides his time between his writing and his art work, having held many exhibitions of his paintings in Spain and abroad.
Melissa Leismer is a Lecturer in English at the University of Illinois at Normal, Ill...
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