Writing and Heritage in Contemporary Spain

Writing and Heritage in Contemporary Spain

The Imaginary Museum of Literature

Stuart Davis


Tamesis Books



This volume is an innovative exploration of cultural heritage through museum studies, metacriticism and literary criticism.
This is an innovative exploration of cultural heritage and the literary traditions that shape the contemporary literary scene in Spain. Through a coalescence of museum studies, metacriticism and traditional literary criticism the study interweaves discussion of museum spaces with literary analysis, exploring them as agents of memorialisation and a means for preserving and conveying heritage.
Following introductory explorations of the development of museums and the literary canon, each chapter begins with a "visit" to a Spanish museum, establishing the framework for the subsequent discussion of critical practices and texts. Case studies include examination of the palimpsest and unconscious influence of canonical cores; the response to masculine traditions of poetry and art; counter-culture of the 1990s; and the ethical concerns of postmemory writing.

STUART DAVIS is a Lecturer in Spanish, Girton College, and Newton Trust Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Cambridge.


September 2012
230 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855662438
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Tamesis Books
BISAC LIT004280, LIT020000
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Table of Contents

Presenting the Museum
Never-ending Story: Canon Fever
Working Models, Model (Re)Workings: Cervantes and Goytisolo
The Authoritative Gaze: Cristina Peri Rossi
Generations Apart? The 'Generation X' in Spanish Literature
Conclusions: What Do We Do with the Gifts of the Past?
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