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Legacies of War and Dictatorship in Contemporary Portugal and Spain

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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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List of Contributors Susana Bayó Belenguer lectures in Spanish at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where she graduated in Spanish and History and obtained her PhD. Her major areas of interest are the writings of Manuel Vázquez Mon- talbán, the relationship between history and literature, the Spanish Civil War, the Franco era, the transition to democracy, and literary translation. She is currently researching women’s memoirs. Gabrielle Carty is a Lecturer in Dublin City University, Ireland, in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, where she contrib- utes to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in translation, culture and film. She holds a Masters in Italian film from the University of Reading and a PhD in Spanish film from Queen Mary, University of London, UK. Her research interests are Spanish film and film studies. She has published in the area of contemporary Spanish film and co-edited Trans cultural Encounters Amongst Women: Redrawing Boundaries in His- panic and Lusophone Art, Literature and Film (2010) with Patricia O’Byrne and Niamh Thornton. Mercedes de Grado taught Spanish Studies for more than fifteen years at various universities both in the USA and the UK, and is now an independent researcher. She is the author of Sirenas náufragas a la deriva: Identidad y debate feminista en la narrativa de Adelaida García Morales (2004), which was awarded the Isidra de Guzmán Research Prize. She has published chapters and articles on contemporary Spanish women’s writing and Spanish feminisms. At the moment, she...

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