Memory and Cultural History of the Spanish Civil War

Realms of Oblivion

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Editor: Aurora Morcillo
The authors in this anthology explore how we are to rethink political and social narratives of the Spanish Civil War at the turn of the twenty-first century. The questions addressed here are based on a solid intellectual conviction of all the contributors to resist facile arguments both on the Right and the Left, concerning the historical and collective memory of the Spanish Civil War and the dictatorship in the milieu of post-transition to democracy. Central to a true democratic historical narrative is the commitment to listening to the other experiences and the willingness to rethink our present(s) in light of our past(s). The volume is divided in six parts: I. Institutional Realms of Memory; II. Past Imperfect: Gender Archetypes in Retrospect; III. The Many Languages of Domesticity; IV. Realms of Oblivion: Hunger, Repression, and Violence; V. Strangers to Ourselves: Autobiographical Testimonies; and VI. The Orient Within: Myths of Hispano-Arabic Identity.
Contributors are Antonio Cazorla-Sánchez, Álex Bueno, Fernando Martínez López, Miguel Gómez Oliver, Mary Ann Dellinger, Geoffrey Jensen, Paula A. de la Cruz-Fernández, María del Mar Logroño Narbona, M. Cinta Ramblado Minero, Deirdre Finnerty, Victoria L. Enders, Pilar Domínguez Prats, Sofia Rodríguez López, Óscar Rodríguez Barreira, Nerea Aresti, and Miren Llona.

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Biographical Note

Aurora G. Morcillo, Ph.D. (1995) University of New Mexico, is Professor of History at Florida International University. Her publications include The Seduction of Modern Spain. The Female Body and the Francoist Body Politic (Bucknell University Press, 2010), True Catholic Womanhood: Gender Ideology in Franco Spain (Northern Illinois University Press, 2000 and 2008) and En cuerpo y Alma: Ser mujer en tiempos de Franco (Editorial Akal, forthcoming).

Table of contents

CONTENTS
List of Contributors ix
List of Illustrations xv
Introduction: Post-Memory and Historical Agency
*Aurora G. Morcillo 1

PART ONE - INSTITUTIONAL REALMS OF MEMORY
From Anti-Fascism to Humanism: The Spanish Civil War as a Crisis of Memory
*Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez 21
Valle de los Caidos: A Monument to Defy Time and Oblivion
*Alex Bueno 51
Political Responsibilities in Franco’s Spain: Recovering the Memory of Economic Repression and Social Control in Andalusia, 1936–45
*Fernando Martinez Lopez and Miguel Gomez Oliver 111

PART TWO - PAST IMPERFECT: GENDER ARCHETYPES IN RETROSPECT
The Battle to Defijine Spanish Manhood
*Nerea Aresti 147
From Militia Woman to Emakume: Myths Regarding Femininity during the Civil War in the Basque Country
*Miren Llona 179
The Republican Mother in Post-Transition Novels of Historical Memory: A Re-Inscription into Spanish Cultural Memory?
*Deirdre Finnerty 213

PART THREE - THE MANY LANGUAGES OF DOMESTICITY
Embroidering the Nation: The Culture of Sewing and Spanish Ideologies of Domesticity
*Paula A. de la Cruz-Fernandez 249
The Mythopoeia of Dolores Ibarruri, Pasionaria
*Mary Ann Dellinger 285

PART FOUR - REALMS OF OBLIVION: HUNGER, REPRESSION, AND VIOLENCE
Franco’s Bread: Auxilio Social from Below, 1937–1943
*Oscar Rodriguez Barreira 319
Corpus Delicti: Social Imaginaries of Gendered Violence
*Sofia Rodriguez Lopez 359
Locks of Hair/Locks of Shame? Women, Dissidence, and Punishment during Francisco Franco’s Dictatorship
*M. Cinta Ramblado Minero 401

PART FIVE - STRANGERS TO OURSELVES: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL TESTIMONIES
Chelo’s War: Late Memories of a Falangist Woman
*Victoria L. Enders 437
Memories of War and Exile: Two Autobiographical Narratives of Exiled Women
*Pilar Dominguez Prats 467
Contents
Contents V


PART SIX - THE ORIENT WITHIN: MYTHS OF HISPANO-ARABIC IDENTITY
Military Memories, History, and the Myth of Hispano-Arabic Identity in the Spanish Civil War
*Geofffrey Jensen 495
“Carmencita” Goes East: Francoist Cultural Discourses about the
Middle East
*Maria del Mar Logrono Narbona 533
Conclusion: Ricoeur’s Le Pouvoir De Faire Memoire
*Aurora G. Morcillo 557
Index 565

Readership

This volume is of interest to academic institutions and libraries, specialists and post graduate students in oral history, literary criticism, art history, architecture, military history and gender.

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