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- DescriptionWhat does literature reveal about a country s changing cultural identity? In History, Violence, and the Hyperreal by Kathryn Everly, this question is applied to the contemporary vel in Spain. In the process, similarities emerge among vels that embrace apparent differences in style, structure, and language. Contemporary Spanish authors are rethinking the way the vel with its narrative powers can define a specific cultural identity. Recent Spanish vels by Carme Riera, Dulce Chacon, Javier Cercas, Ray Loriga, Lucia Etxebarria, and Jose Angel Manas (published from 1995 to 2008) particularly highlight the tension that exists between historical memory and urban youth culture. The vels discussed in this study reconfigure the individual s relationship to narrative, history, and reality through their varied interpretations of Spanish history with its common threads of national and personal violence. In these books, culture acts as mediator between the individual and the rapidly changing dynamic of contemporary society. The authors experiment with the vel form to challenge fundamental concepts of identity when the narrative ackwledges more than one way of reading and understanding history, violence, and reality. In Spain today, questions of historical accuracy in all foundational fictions such as the Inquisition, the Spanish Civil War, or globalization collide with the urgency to modernize. The result is a clash between regional and global identities. Seemingly disparate works of historical fiction and Generation X narrative prove similar in the way they deal with history, reality, and the delicate relationship between writer and reader.
- Author BiographyKathryn Everly is an associate professor of Spanish at Syracuse University. She is the author of Catalan Women Writers and Artists: Feminist Views from a Revisionist Space (2003). She has published articles and chapters in Hispanic Journal, Catalan Review, Monographic Review, Letras Peninsulares, and in various anthologies. Her current research focuses on aspects of surrealism in the works of Merce Rodoreda.
- Author(s)Kathryn A. Everly
- PublisherPurdue University Press
- Date of Publication15/03/2010
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitlePurdue Studies in Romance Literatures
- Place of PublicationWest Lafayette
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPurdue University Press
- Weight363 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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