This multi-authored volume offers the first extensive exploration of cultural memory in Portugal and Spain, two countries that are normally studied in isolation from one another due to linguistic divergences. The book contains an important theoretical survey of cultural memory today and a comparative analysis of the historical background influencing studies of memory in the Iberian Peninsula. It includes the work of eleven specialists on contemporary Spanish and Portuguese history, culture and literature and establishes a series of parallel themes that lace the chapters together: resistance; literary and popular representations of the figure of the dictator; gender; intergenerational links and changing paradigms of war stories; and the performance of memory. The essays gathered here will be of interest to scholars of both national cultures as well as those concerned with issues of memory, trauma and the historical legacy of war and dictatorship.
Alison Ribeiro de Menezes is Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese at University College Dublin. Catherine O'Leary is Lecturer in Spanish at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Contents: Alison Ribeiro de Menezes/Catherine O'Leary: Preface - Alison Ribeiro de Menezes: Introduction: Cultural Memory and the Legacies of War and Dictatorship in Contemporary Portugal and Spain - Mark Sabine: Refitting the Lexicon of Resistance: Saramago, Symbolism and Dictatorship - Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses: Jaime Nogueira Pinto's Portrait of Salazar: A New Departure? - Alison Ribeiro de Menezes: Cultural Memory and Intergenerational Transfer: The Case of Ines Pedrosa's Nas Tuas Maos - Isabel Moutinho: Fighting Oblivion: Persistence of Colonial War Memory in Contemporary Portuguese Fiction - Alison Ribeiro de Menezes: Memories of Portugal's Angolan War: Os Cus de Judas and D'Este Viver Aqui Neste Papel Descripto by Antonio Lobo Antunes - Susana Bayo Belenguer: Manuel Vazquez Montalban as Franco - Catherine O'Leary: Memory and Restoration: Jeronimo Lopez Mozo's El arquitecto y el relojero - Lorraine Ryan: When the Personal is Political: The Formation of a Republican Mnemonic Community in Alfons Cevera's La noche inmovil - Mercedes de Grado: Eugenics and Annihilation in Francoist Women's Prisons: Memory and Testimony in La voz dormida by Dulce Chacon - Maria Cinta Ramblado-Minero: Women and the Transmission of the Republican Legacy in Contemporary Spanish Cinema - Gabrielle Carty: A Cinematic Hybrid: El laberinto del fauno and Film Representations of the Spanish Civil War.