Writing the Good Fight: Political Commitment in the International Literature of the Spanish Civil War

Writing the Good Fight: Political Commitment in the International Literature of the Spanish Civil War

Writing the Good Fight: Political Commitment in the International Literature of the Spanish Civil War

Writing the Good Fight: Political Commitment in the International Literature of the Spanish Civil War

Synopsis

Monteath examines the international literature of the Spanish Civil War across the entire range of the political spectrum, from anarchism to nazism. Utilizing this approach he is able to highlight the extraordinary creative potential of a period in which political and aesthetic practice were almost inseparable.

Excerpt

In prefacing a work which deals with the literature of not just one but several countries, a few words should be devoted to the topic of language. With the aim of making this book readily accessible to readers, all of the text, including the many quotations from other languages, appears in English. Where a competent English translation has been readily available, I have used this, and have consistently indicated the use of a translation in the footnotes. In cases where no existing translation was available, the translation into English has been made by me. This applies in all cases where the source provided in the footnoting is that of the original language.

The only exceptions to this rule are the quotations from poems. Given the special interdependence of form and content in poetry, it was considered appropriate to provide the reader with the original, followed by a prose translation in English.

Without going into the details of their particular contributions to work on this thesis, I wish finally to express my gratitude to a number of people. At various times Roy Boland, Richard Bosworth, John Gatt-Rutter, Hans-Ulrich Gumbrecht, Sally Harvey, Judith Keene, Alun Kenwood, Helmut Kreuzer, Keith Leopold, Mariana Muñoz, Malcolm McInnes, Elke Nicolai, Werner Schlick and Martin Travers provided valuable assistance. The patience and efficiency of the library staff of Griffith University, the University of Queensland, the University of Siegen, Deakin University, the University of Western Australia and the Faculty of Philology at the Complutense Madrid similarly deserve my thanks and praise. Any deficiencies in this work can in no way be attributed to them.

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