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Lost in TransitionConstructing Memory in Contemporary Spain$
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H. Rosi Song

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382875

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382875.001.0001

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Ordinary Memories: Feeling the Past

Ordinary Memories: Feeling the Past

(p.28) Chapter Two Ordinary Memories: Feeling the Past
Lost in Transition

H. Rosi Song

Liverpool University Press

Historical traumas persist because of the incapacity of a society to officially address the losses of the past. A look into how in the case of contemporary Spain, the failure of discussions about the past to lead to a present resolution reveals a structural problem. Recent recollections of the Transición reinforce feelings of both loss and nostalgia—nostalgia for a time when change seemed possible, despite the uncertainty, fear and violence of those years. Fuelled by the regret of missed opportunities and the frustration that not much has changed politically, the current attitude toward Spain’s democratisation is one of disenchantment. The chapter looks into these memories and their relationship to the present through affect and personal and generational connections.

Keywords:   Historical memory, Spanish Civil War, personal memories, affect

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