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Writing and Heritage in Contemporary Spain


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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
Pages: 230
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Tamesis Books
Series: Monografías A
Subject: Hispanic Studies
BIC Class: GTB

Details updated on 01 Mar 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

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