Memory battles of the Spanish Civil War : history, fiction, photography

Faber, Sebastiaan, 1969- author

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  • Creator Sebastiaan Faber
  • Format Books
  • Publication Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, [2018] ©2018
  • Physical Details
    • x, 241 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
  • ISBNs 9780826521781, 0826521789, 9780826521798, 0826521797, 9780826521804
  • OCLC ocn976275471


  • "The ability to forget the violent twentieth-century past was long seen as a virtue in Spain--even a duty. But the common wisdom has shifted as increasing numbers of Spaniards want to know what happened, who suffered, and who is to blame. Memory Battles of the Spanish Civil War shows how historiography, fiction, and photography have shaped how our views of the civil war (1936-39) and its long, painful aftermath. Faber traces the curious trajectories of iconic Spanish Civil War photographs by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour; critically reads a dozen recent Spanish novels and essays; interrogates basic scholarly assumptions about history, memory, and literature; and interviews nine scholars, activists, and documentarians who in the past decade and a half have helped redefine Spain's relationship to its past. In this shows how historiography, fiction, and photography have shaped how our views of the civil war (1936-39) and its long, painful aftermath book, Faber argues that recent political developments in Spain--from the grassroots call for the recovery of historical memory to the indignados movement and the foundation of Podemos--provide an opportunity for scholars in the humanities to rethink their practice and priorities and to engage more often, and more intentionally, with a broader audience."--Provided by publisher.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-231) and index.


  • Memory And The Visual Archive -- Memory as Montage: Spanish Civil War Photography -- On Revelation: What Can We Learn from the Mexican Suitcase? -- History And Memory -- "¿Usted, qué sabe?" History, Memory, and the Witness -- Memory and the Law: Exceptionalist Temptations -- Reframinc The Past -- The Thirst to Understand: Historians of the Spanish Civil War -- In Search of Spain's Disappeared -- Intellectuals At War -- Treason of the Intellectuals: Andrés Trapiello's Civil War -- An Epidemic Of Mediocrity: Spain According to Gregorio Morán -- Oh, Behave! Antonio Munoz Molina's Pleasantville -- Fiction As Memory -- The Spanish Civil War Retold: The Novel as Affiliative Act -- Postmemory and Other Premises -- The Irresponsible Novelist: Javier Marías -- Javier Cercas, or, The Triumph of Kitsch
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