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Monday, June 20, 2016
War, dictatorship and how women writers in Spain are re-telling history
of Wellington’s first professor of Spanish says literature plays an important
part in helping new generations come to terms with the past.
Victoria Professor Sarah
Leggott’s research examines how contemporary women writers
in Spain are using
literature to acknowledge long-silenced stories of the Spanish Civil War of the
1930s and the Franco dictatorship, and to contribute to social and political
on the matter.
Professor Leggott will
discuss this research in her inaugural lecture Ghosts of the Past in recent
Spanish fiction on Tuesday 28 June.
“The Spanish Civil War
was a brutal conflict that led to hundreds of thousands of deaths, followed by
a repressive dictatorship that lasted for over three decades. The stories and
memories of that time have only recently been fully recognised in democratic
Spain. Now the contemporary generations who have inherited the traumatic
memories of these events from their parents, grandparents and
great-grandparents have started to talk about it.
“My lecture will focus
on recent novels by Spanish women writers that represent women’s experiences
during the years of the Spanish Civil War and Franco dictatorship.”
lecture will illustrate the importance of coming to terms with a
past, something relevant not only in the Spanish context but more broadly.
“There are some lessons
to be learnt from these writers and how they are dealing with the ghosts of the
past, with the legacy of not dealing with traumatic events. At some point
things resurface, and now, two generations on, Spanish writers are sharing
their perspective on the war and dictatorship—the trauma, the realities of
repression, and the daily struggle for survival of the civilian population.”
Professor Leggott has
studied Spanish culture and literature since she first learnt the language
during a year spent in Mexico in the late 1980s. She has a Master of Arts and
PhD in Spanish.
lectures were the first lecture given by a newly appointed or promoted
professor. Today they are more commonly used as a way for new professors
give an insight into their specialist areas of study.
What: Ghosts of the Past in recent Spanish
When: 6pm, Tuesday 28 June Where: Lecture Theatre KK LT 301, New Kirk
Building, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus, Victoria University of Wellington
RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Leggott’ in the subject line,
or phone 04-463 6700 before Friday 24 June. RSVP as spaces are limited.