Title

Exile and Identity in Autobiographies of Twentieth-Century Spanish Women

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

2012

Publication Source

Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures

Volume

192

Publisher

Peter Lang

Place of Publication

New York

ISBN/ISSN

ISBN 978-1-4331-1426-7 hb.

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

In Exile and Identity in Autobiographies of Twentieth-Century Spanish Women, Karla P. Zepeda studies the experience of exile and its effects on identity in three autobiographies: In Place of Splendor by Constancia de la Mora, Memoria de la melancolía by María Teresa León, and Seis años de mi vida by Federica Montseny. These three prominent Spanish women of the Second Republic became exiles at the conclusion of the Spanish Civil War due to the onset of the Francisco Franco regime. The political expatriation caused their relocation into various countries: the United States, France, Argentina, and Italy. The repositioning initiated a process of self-reinvention, as the women come in contact with social circumstances prompting new versions of self. Through their works, these women negotiate their identity in relation to the lost homeland and the new locale. Exile and Identity in Autobiographies of Twentieth-Century Spanish Women examines the diverse character of diaspora, the social transactions deployed in a variety of circumstances, and the self-negotiations elicited in social interactions. Identity proves to be an intentional re-creation of self, enacted in particular circumstances, and negotiated as a response to social conditions.

Keywords

exile, identity, Spanish women, autobiography, Spain

Disciplines

Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature

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