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


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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War and Post-War in Catalan Young Adults Narrative: Chronicles from the Silence



Caterina Valriu Llinàs


In the context of Catalan historical novels for young adults the topic of the Civil War is not treated until the end of the 20th century, but from this moment on it is portrayed in many works. This paper discusses this output by reviewing the interaction between reality and fiction (the years of the open war, the hardness of the post-war period, the exile, the concentration camps, reprisals, etc.), the different narrative typologies, the ideology they develop, the authorship and the paratexts. Special attention is paid to three outstanding works (Silenci al cor by Jaume Cela, El camí del far by Miquel Rayó and L’últim vaixell by Gemma Pascual). The conclusions highlight the important role of these works in the consolidation of the Catalan Young Adults novel and the point of view they transmit about this topic, always from the perspective of the vanquished and in favour of peace, freedom, democracy and respect towards the Catalan culture and minorities.

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