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


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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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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