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The Novel of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1975)

The Novel of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1975)

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Gareth Thomas
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 1st Edition, 6/21/1990
EAN 9780521371582, ISBN10: 0521371589

Hardcover, 285 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

This is a major English study of the novels of the Spanish Civil War. The book is based on an analysis of some eighty Spanish novels, written in Spain and abroad (in exile) during the Franco period (1936–1975), in which the Civil War is the major theme. The works are related to earlier examples of war literature, such as the French novels of World War I. Dr Thomas examines the effects of propaganda from both Left and Right in the early Civil War novels, as well as the disillusionment of later works when the sincerity of Republican and Nationalist ideals is seriously questioned. The effects of propaganda and censorship on literary style are also discussed. Major writers like Max Aub, Francisco Ayala, Ramon Sender and Camilo Jose Cela are covered in depth; and there is a comprehensive bibliography covering primary and secondary sources, together with a glossary of Civil War terms. The Novel of the Spanish Civil War offers a highly illuminating view of the perception by creative writers of the political, religious and moral issues of war throughout a troubled period.

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgement
Introduction
1. Literature, history and war
2. Literature, commitment and propaganda
3. Literary genre, narrative technique and language in the first-wave Civil War novel
4. Myth creation and reinforcement in the Nationalist novel
5. Commitment and propaganda in the Republican novel
6. The gods that failed
disillusionment in the novel of the Civil War
7. The novel as chronicle
Gironella's trilogy
8. The novel as symbol
La cabeza del cordero
9. Irrationalism and anti-historicism in the later novel of the Civil War (1967–1975)
Conclusion
Appendix
Glossary of Civil War terms
Bibliography
Index.