2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

A Generational Difference of Memory: Women's Writing about the Spanish Civil War (Una diferencia generacional de la memoria: La escritura femenina sobre la guerra civil española)
Sarah E. Glenski
Dr. Carol A. Marshall, Faculty Mentor

Aldecoa's Mujeres de negro, Laforet's Nada, and Martín Gaite's El cuarto de atrás deal with the Spanish Civil War and Postwar, yet their titles do not explicitly indicate this. Whereas, Caso's Un largo silencio, Chacón's La voz dormida, and Grandes's El corazón helado have titles that reflect the themes of war and giving voice to those who have been silenced. A generational difference explains these title variances: the authors of the earlier novels experienced the war as children or adolescents, while the authors of the later novels did not live during the war. This paper in Spanish demonstrates that while both generations deconstruct the official discourse of the war, the novels of the first generation, employing memory, present an indirect portrayal of the war, whereas the lens of postmemory allows the second generation to offer a more detailed account of the war, more openly defying the official discourse.

Keywords: Spanish Civil War, Women Writers, Memory, Postmemory

Women's and Gender Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 206-2
Location: VH 1232
Time: 9:45

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