Hostages of Memory. Construction of the Self in Memoirs of the Spanish Refugee Children in the USSR

  • Datum: –16.00
  • Plats: Engelska parken 7-0017
  • Föreläsare: NATALIA KHARITONOVA
  • Arrangör: Seminariet för romansk litteraturvetenskap
  • Kontaktperson: Sylviane Robardey-Eppstein
  • Seminarium

GÄSTFÖRELÄSNING
I samarbete med LILAe (Nätverket Litterae et Linguae)
NATALIA KHARITONOVA (gästforskare, Uppsala universitet)
Hostages of Memory. Construction of the Self in Memoirs of the Spanish Refugee Children in the USSR

From 1937 to 1939 during the Spanish civil war and after the Republicans defeat, almost 3,000 children were evacuated from Spain to the Soviet Union. The process of return took several decades. It coincided with the “Spanish children’s” need to explain their life stories, write and advertise their memories. How do the official commemorative culture and social master narratives condition their writing? How do they write about themselves? I wish to discuss strategies that use authors constructing their personal identities and to reveal the specific politics of memory that drive these records.

Natalia Kharitonova earned her PhD in Hispanic Literature from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and a Senior Researcher at the Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). Her areas of expertise are comparative studies; travel literature; translation studies; Spanish literature; Spanish-Russian literary and cultural relations; Spanish Republican exile literature.

Ordförande: Julie Hansen [språk: engelska med möjlighet att ställa frågor på spanska]