A New-old Spain: How Franco’s Dictatorship (Re)configured Spain’s Society

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
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NeMLA
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The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and Francisco Franco’s subsequent dictatorship (1939-1975) were traumatic events that transformed the Spanish nation politically, socially, and economically. Whereas the II Republic sought to build a modern democratic, secular nation, the Falangist regime led to an authoritative, Catholic, ultra-conservative society that shaped, for instance, the education system and gender roles for the decades to come. This panel will accept papers that examine the ways in which Spanish identity was affected by Francoist ideology. Proposal topics may deal with—but are not limited to—national identity, cultural appropriation, gender roles, education, and how the changes brought by Franco’s dictatorship have been represented in literature, film, and other cultural artifacts.