Exile and Cultural Hegemony
Spanish Intellectuals in Mexico, 1939-1975
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: Vanderbilt University Press
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This book is about Spanish intellectuals who were exiled to Mexico during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco (1939–75) that followed the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), and about their struggle for cultural hegemony based on the claim that the Republic, not Francoism, represented the “true” culture of the Spanish nation. The account of the Spaniards’ ...
All shortcomings, weaknesses, and limitations of this book are mine. But I could not have written it without the generous help of many people and institutions. I am especially grateful to Neil Larsen, whose enthusiasm, scholarly rigor, and wealth of knowledge greatly helped improve my original manuscripts. Thanks, too, to Roberto Ruiz and Carlos Blanco ...
I. Exile and Cultural Hegemony
1. Introduction: Intellectuals in Exile
What is it about exile that makes it such a catalyst for cultural production? The list of major literary and academic works produced in situations of displacement is seemingly limitless, ranging from Ovid’s Tristia and Dante’s Il convivio, to Auerbach’s Mimesis, Adorno’s Minima moralia Mann’s Doktor Faustus, Cortázar’s Rayuela, and García Márquez’s Cien años ...
2. Mexico and the Spanish Civil War
For twentieth-century Spain and Mexico, the arrival of thousands of Spanish Civil War refugees between 1938 and the early 1940s was the most important but not the first moment of mutual contact and influence. In fact, Spain became for postrevolutionary Mexico, and for Latin America as a whole, something of a political mirror image in which both ...
3. The Struggle for Cultural Hegemony
It is one of this book’s contentions that the discursive and institutional practices of the Spaniards in exile can be best seen as a struggle for cultural hegemony. I use this term for several reasons. Most importantly, the concept of hegemony invokes the writings of Antonio Gramsci. As is well known, Gramsci’s strategic proposals for achieving social change in the ...
II. Hope, Defeat, and Delirium
4. The Popular Front and the Civil War
After the end of a Cold War that largely suppressed or distorted the period, the significance of the 1930s for the history of Western art and politics continues to be the object of heated debate. For part of the Western left, the Popular Front has become a source of nostalgia or even inspiration. The short-lived alliance of Communists, socialists, and liberals to fight ...
5. Paulino Masip: Nationalism, Moralism, and the Limits of the Popular Front Revolution
The death of Paulino Masip in September 1963 prompted Max Aub, his friend, colleague, and fellow exile, to write a melancholy note in his diary. In one single paragraph of indignant resignation, Aub pointedly summarized the tragedy of the Spanish Republicans in Mexico: ...
6. The Republican Countercanon and the Dream of Pan-Hispanist Unity
In March 1939, when it had become clear that the fall of the Spanish Republic would only be a matter of time, Jos
III. Left out in the Cold (War)
7. A Changed Political Landscape: The Appropriation of Liberalism and the Return of the Detached Intellectual
In June 1958, the exile poet Le
8. Ortega’s Legacy in Mexico: Elitism and Gaos’s Myth of Transtierro
On November 21, 1955, José Gaos entered the Casino Español in Mexico City to give a lecture on his teacher José Ortega y Gasset. The location was strangely appropriate. The Casino was a social center for members of the old Spanish “Colonia” in Mexico, the community of economic immigrants who, ever since 1936, had been fervently opposed to the Republic— as had Ortega. “Don José Ortega y Gasset,” Gaos confessed, ...
9. Max Aub: Exile as Aporia
In March 1963, Max Aub wrote a note to the young Spanish scholar José R. Marra-López, author of the first comprehensive study of literature by Spanish exiles, entitled—as Francoist censors forced him to term it— Narrativa española fuera de España [Spanish Narrative Outside of Spain]. In his letter, Aub gave some insights into the hardships that burden a ...
And the reason they are giving him one is because the president went to visit him] (Diarios 430). Indeed, the deceased exile poet was extensively honored by the Mexican regime. President Díaz Ordaz expressed his sadness “por la dolorosa pérdida de un gran amigo, de un excelente poeta, el mejor de habla española en nuestra época” [with the painful loss of a great ...
Page Count: 344
Publication Year: 2002
OCLC Number: 62195247
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