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Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel, Sebastiaan Faber, Pedro García-Caro, and Robert Patrick Newcomb

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620252

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620252.001.0001

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Rethinking Spanish Civil War Exile: The Curious Case of the Catalans

Rethinking Spanish Civil War Exile: The Curious Case of the Catalans

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(p.250) Chapter Twenty-One Rethinking Spanish Civil War Exile: The Curious Case of the Catalans
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Transatlantic Studies
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Sebastiaan Faber

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620252.003.0022

This essay considers the persistent exclusion from Spanish national literary histories of authors who were exiled after the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39, particularly those who wrote in languages other than Spanish. While Spain’s democratic transition presented an opportunity to abandon the artificial and oppressive castellanocentrismo that had dominated Spain’s official cultural histories in the Franco years, and to acknowledge the exiles’ literary production, revising those histories along Transatlantic lines, those opportunities were largely missed. On both accounts, institutional inertia won out, resisting pressures pushing for a multilingual Iberian and Trans-Atlantic approach. Perhaps no case illustrates this better than that of the Catalans who were exiled to Mexico.

Keywords:   Spanish Civil War, exile, Catalonia, Mexico, Hispanism, literary history

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