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Re/Inscription and Return

Title: Re/Inscription and Return: Working Through Historical Trauma in Post-Spanish Civil War Culture.
Name(s): Kasten, Jeremy J. (Jeremy James), author
Álvarez, Enrique, professor co-directing dissertation
Romanchuk, Robert, professor co-directing dissertation
Epstein, Andrew, 1969-, university representative
Howard, Keith David, committee member
Leushuis, Reinier, 1969-, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (193 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This dissertation explores the recollection of historical memory in a number of significant literary and cinematic texts produced during the first thirty years of the Francoist dictatorship. Ironically, the first quarter-century of post-war Spain was referred to as "los años de la paz" [The Peaceful Years] by the propagandistic effort of the regime. However, as my dissertation will show, representative texts of the same period articulate trauma that was still lingering in collective memory. Contrary to the common assumption that the process of recovery of historical memory began after Franco's death in 1975, I will show that this same process had begun almost immediately after the outcome of the Spanish Civil War in April of 1939. Based on a theoretical framework built on the juxtaposition of Lacanian psychoanalysis and recent trauma theory, I argue that the texts object of my study – including some well-known Francoist canonical works – actually work through the painful and traumatic experiences of the war and the violence imposed by the dictatorship. Because of the unspeakable nature of psychological trauma and the censorial machinery set in place by the repressive instruments of the Francoist regime, the traumatic experience is never explicitly recounted in these narratives. However, I will demonstrate how these experiences are expressed in the body of the text in unconventional and unexpected ways such as the tension between chaos and silence, the representation of hyperbolic violence, speech acts, the representation of space, inter-textual empathy, as well as gaps and disruptions of the narratives. In my dissertation, I will describe a double-process of reinscription and return of the traumatic event whereby these texts are able to begin a process of working through, becoming, in Dominick LaCapra´s famous theorization of the concept, an "ethical agent" of history that create a counter-narrative to the Francoist silence surrounding many traumas of the war and resulting dictatorship.
Identifier: FSU_2015fall_Kasten_fsu_0071E_12838 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2015.
Date of Defense: October 2, 2015.
Keywords: Civil, Film, Literature, Spanish, Trauma, War
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Enrique Álvarez, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; Robert Romanchuk, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; Andrew Epstein, University Representative; Keith Howard, Committee Member; Reineir Leushuis, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Literature
Europe -- Study and teaching
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Host Institution: FSU

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