Gernika Revisited: Representation of the Spanish Civil War in Basque Children and Young Adults’ Literature
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Gernika Revisited: Representation of the Spanish Civil War in Basque Children’s and Young People’s Literature1
Mari Jose Olaziregi Alustiza
This paper introduces reflections on the role that the representation of the Spanish Civil War has had in Basque Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The starting point is brief and general considerations on the Basque literary output and the recovery of the historical memory. Then, we’ll focus on the discursive analysis of two novels which are good representatives of juvenile narratives that seek to find out about the consequences of the war both at personal and collective levels by means of the remembrance of the events the different characters experienced during the conflict. The two novels we analyse are: Memorias de una vaca (1992) by Bernardo Atxaga, and Un año en el faro (2006) by Miren Agur Meabe.
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