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A Civil War of Words

The Cultural Impact of the Great War in Catalonia, Spain, Europe and a Glance at Latin America


Edited By Xavier Pla, Maximiliano Fuentes and Francesc Montero

The Great War did not only mark the history of the twentieth century: to a large extent, the conflict also affected culture and literature in Europe and the rest of the world. This collection of essays aims to provide the reader with a broad and transdisciplinary perspective on the cultural and political impact of the Great War. Using a comparative approach and focusing on Catalonia and Spain, this volume reflects the enormous variety of representations of the ‘theatre of war’ in both neutral and belligerent countries, causing a significant rejuvenation in fiction and journalistic genres in the subsequent decades.
This book features essays by some of the most important specialists in the First World War from Spain, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Latin America, who, in the centenary of the conflict, provide an innovative critical approach to this crucial event in contemporary history.
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Controversial Memories in the Discourse/Narrative of World War I


The celebrations for the anniversary of the First World War occur in a particularly dramatic moment: the planet is overrun by awful conflicts: from Syria to Iraq, from the Sahel region to Somalia, from Afghanistan to Central Africa, from Gaza/Israel to Ukraine. Many have actually notified that we are facing a fragmented Third World War, to the point that even the Pontiff, Pope Francis, has called for the United Nations to act in order to stop aggressions and war atrocities, and for Europe to do its part to avoid being powerless. We are pervaded by awful war reports and brutal images such as that of the decapitation of reporter James Foly by a masked jihadist: before these terrible realities, one cannot wonder at the meaning of these celebrations. On my part, I have always been against rhetoric, and in particular against the sacralization of celebrations; and if they are to have meaning, it should be that of critical rethinking, a critical memory that re-examines the past to better understand the present and build a new future. Research on memory in the humanities and in literary and cultural studies has marked the breakdown of disciplinary barriers, thus giving rise to a comparison between disciplines such as history, philosophy, anthropology and the science of education.1 Memory is a complex subject of research, which, for its investigation, requires an orchestration drawing on various branches of knowledge. The last thirty years have witnessed the way in which ‘cultural studies’ have investigated memory...

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