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Writing and Heritage in Contemporary Spain: The Imaginary Museum of Literature Stuart Davis

Writing and Heritage in Contemporary Spain: The Imaginary Museum of Literature

Stuart Davis

Published September 20th 2012
ISBN : 9781855662438
Hardcover
230 pages
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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 interweavesMoreThis 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.