Irma González Sánchez - Forgiven but not Forgotten: Historical Memory and Comic Book Representations of the Spanish Civil War and Franco's Dictatorial Regime
03/07/2020 13:00 Room 1 #forhnr
Between 1936 and 1939 Spain went through a cruel and bloody civil war that ended with the triumph of Francisco Franco, a fascist dictator who ruled the country until his death in 1975. In a collective effort to move forwards and settle a fresh democratic regime and a newborn Constitution, the Parliament embraced a policy of amnesty and forgiveness, although never forgetting the preceding period.
In recent years, however, there has been a surge in comic books (mostly in graphic novel form) that are revisiting the civil war and the repression, imprisonment and exile of the Republican side that followed. This paper will investigate these works, which can be autobiographical, and explore how they gather and use first hand information, mostly from oral sources, but can also present extensive research supporting the narrative. We’ll also discuss the reach of these titles and their appeal to an audience hungry to know more of Spain’s recent past and their potential as academic tools to teach a period of the country’s recent history that is often watered down in modern textbooks.