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Legacies of War and Dictatorship in Contemporary Portugal and Spain


Edited By Alison Ribeiro de Menezes and Catherine O'Leary

This multi-authored volume offers the first extensive exploration of cultural memory in Portugal and Spain, two countries that are normally studied in isolation from one another due to linguistic divergences. The book contains an important theoretical survey of cultural memory today and a comparative analysis of the historical background influencing studies of memory in the Iberian Peninsula. It includes the work of eleven specialists on contemporary Spanish and Portuguese history, culture and literature and establishes a series of parallel themes that lace the chapters together: resistance; literary and popular representations of the figure of the dictator; gender; intergenerational links and changing paradigms of war stories; and the performance of memory. The essays gathered here will be of interest to scholars of both national cultures as well as those concerned with issues of memory, trauma and the historical legacy of war and dictatorship.


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Alison Ribeiro de Menezes and Catherine O’Leary Preface ix Alison Ribeiro de Menezes Introduction: Cultural Memory and the Legacies of War and Dictatorship in Contemporary Portugal and Spain 1 Portugal 35 Mark Sabine Refitting the Lexicon of Resistance: Saramago, Symbolism and Dictatorship 37 Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses Jaime Nogueira Pinto’s Portrait of Salazar: A New Departure? 67 Alison Ribeiro de Menezes Cultural Memory and Intergenerational Transfer: The Case of Inês Pedrosa’s Nas Tuas Mãos 79 Isabel Moutinho Fighting Oblivion: Persistence of Colonial War Memory in Contemporary Portuguese Fiction 103 vi Alison Ribeiro de Menezes Memories of Portugal’s Angolan War: Os Cus de Judas and D’Este Viver Aqui Neste Papel Descripto by António Lobo Antunes 117 Spain 133 Susana Bayó Belenguer Manuel Vázquez Montalbán as Franco 135 Catherine O’Leary Memory and Restoration: Jerónimo López Mozo’s El arquitecto y el relojero 149 Lorraine Ryan When the Personal is Political: The Formation of a Republican Mnemonic Community in Alfons Cevera’s La noche inmóvil 169 Mercedes de Grado Eugenics and Annihilation in Francoist Women’s Prisons: Memory and Testimony in La voz dormida by Dulce Chacón 187 María Cinta Ramblado-Minero Women and the Transmission of the Republican Legacy in Contemporary Spanish Cinema 211 Gabrielle Carty A Cinematic Hybrid: El laberinto del fauno and Film Representations of the Spanish Civil War 229 vii References 241 List of Contributors 261 Index 265

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