Images of the Civil War in Spanish Fiction

Languages & Cultures, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 04481

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

After due contextualisation, the course will consider Goytisolo’s inscribing of the events of the Civil War within patterns of myth and archetype, stressing his critique of the sublimation of history in his deconstruction of the heroic. Marsé’s denunciation of the Nationalist value-system will be examined as a text which transcends the limitations of politically committed writing through its status as meta-fiction and its calculated erosion of epistemological certainty. Muñoz Molina’s novel displaces not just Franco’s heroic mythology but also the Republican rhetoric of defeated idealism by ironising the essential components of each in a text that is fundamentally concerned with the nature of literature and the role of the reader in constructing meaning.