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Literary Labyrinths in Franco-Era Barcelona : Narrating memory and place (Hardcover) (Colleen P.
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Bringing together works by Salvador Espriu, Juan Goytisolo, MercÃ¨ Rodoreda, Esther Tusquets, and Juan MarsÃ© that portray memory as a disorienting narrative enterprise, Colleen Culleton argues that the source of this disorientation is the material reality of life in Barcelona in the immediate post-Civil War years. Barcelona was the object of harsh persecution in the first years of the Franco regime that included the erasure of marks of Catalan identity and cultural history from the urban landscape and made Barcelona a moving target for memory. The literature and film she examines show characters struggling to produce narratives of the remembered past that immediately conflict with the dominant version of Spain's historical narrative formulated to legitimate the Civil War. Culleton suggests the trope of the laberinto, used as an image or device in all five of the works she considers and translated into English as both maze and labyrinth, opens up a space that enables readers to take vulnerability to outside interference into account as an inseparable part of remembrance. While the narratives all have maze-like qualities involving a high level of reader participation and choice, the exigencies of the labyrinth with its unicursal demands for patience, perseverance and faith always prevail. Thus do the Francoist narrative and social structure in the end resurface and reassert themselves over the narrating character's perspective.
Number of Pages: 186
Genre: Literary Criticism
Series Title: New Hispanisms: Cultural and Literary Studies
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Colleen P. Culleton
Street Date: August 23, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-4630
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