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The Representations of the Spanish Civil War in European Children’s Literature (1975-2008)

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Edited By Blanca Ana Roig Rechou and Veljka Ruzicka Kenfel

This work analyses the Spanish Civil War in Spanish and European Children’s Literature from 1975, when Spain passed from a dictatorship to a parliamentary monarchy, to the present. The contributors focus on collecting narrative works that deal with the Civil War to describe how the war was lived, remembered and referenced in Spain and other countries and selecting books of literary importance to analyse pre-established topics such as genre, ideology, female/male characters, illustrations and intertextualities. They also propose translations of those works which have not yet been translated into one of the languages of Spain and compare the works based on theoretical-methodological models offered in theories such as post-colonialism, feminism, comparativism and cultural studies.

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Chapter 1. The Representations of the Spanish Civil War in Children and Young Adults’ Narrative in the Languages of the Spanish State

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Agustín Fernández Paz - A Tribute to the Memory of the Broken Dreams Eulalia Agrelo Costas Synopsis After making reference to the relevance of Agustín Fernández Paz as a writer of children's literature, the three texts which make up the trilogy “Trilogía de la Memoria” or “Ciclo de las Sombras” are analysed here: The story As Sombras do Faro, and the novels Noite de Voraces Sombras and Corredores de Sombra. It refers to their origin, structure, narrative style, topics addressed, intertextual play, etc. However, the essence of the commentary lies in the analysis of how the Spanish Civil War is treated in the three texts which cover different passages that masterfully illustrate the harsh personal and collective consequences of a conflict, some of which are still alive in today's society. It finishes by looking at the fundamental characteristics of the stories in their attempt to describe everything which has been conscientiously hidden away for many years, with the aim of dignifying the thousands of lost lives in a war between brothers. Keywords: Spanish Civil War, Galician children’s literature, exile, historical memory. 1. As an introduction Agustín Fernández Paz1 (Vilalba–Lugo, 1947) is a Galician writer of children's literature who is highly regarded both within and beyond the borders of Galicia. His works have won prestigious awards including the 2008 National Award for Children’s Literature for O único que queda é o amor (Edicións Xerais de Galicia, 2007).2 His literary career has been...

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