This is an innovative exploration of cultural heritage and the literary traditions that shape the contemporary literary scene in Spain. Through a coalescence of museum studies, metacriticism and traditional literary criticism the study interweaves discussion of museum spaces with literary analysis, exploring them as agents of memorialisation and a means for preserving and conveying heritage.
Following introductory explorations of the development of museums and the literary canon, each chapter begins with a "visit" to a Spanish museum, establishing the framework for the subsequent discussion of critical practices and texts. Case studies include examination of the palimpsest and unconscious influence of canonical cores; the response to masculine traditions of poetry and art; counter-culture of the 1990s; and the ethical concerns of postmemory writing.
STUART DAVIS is a Lecturer in Spanish, Girton College, and Newton Trust Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Cambridge.
First Published: 20 Sep 2012
13 Digit ISBN: 9781855662438
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Imprint: Tamesis Books
BIC Class: GTB
Details updated on 05 Oct 2015
- 1 Acknowledgements
- 2 Introduction
- 3 Presenting the Museum
- 4 Never-ending Story: Canon Fever
- 5 Working Models, Model (Re)Workings: Cervantes and Goytisolo
- 6 The Authoritative Gaze: Cristina Peri Rossi
- 7 Generations Apart? The 'Generation X' in Spanish Literature
- 8 Conclusions: What Do We Do with the Gifts of the Past?
- 9 Works Cited