Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Lu Ann Homza
This thesis examines the penitentiary poetry of three Spanish poets, Miguel Hernández, Marcos Ana, and Ángeles García-Madrid, who were brutally imprisoned following Francisco Franco’s victory in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). All three were active supporters of the democratic Republican cause, and throughout their imprisonment steadfastly maintained their social and political beliefs in spite of torture, hunger, and sickness. I analyze how their writings preserve and illuminate the repressed history of the losers of the war, by depicting the reality of life within the cells. I further examine how recovering this history represents a way to honor the memory of the victims and achieve historical justice.
Enright, Crosby D., "¿Quién amuralla una voz?: Poetry, Resistance, and Memory within Franco’s Prisons" (2014). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 60.
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