Date Thesis Awarded

4-2014

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

Interdisciplinary Studies

Advisor

Francie Cate-Arries

Committee Member

George Greenia

Committee Member

Lu Ann Homza

Abstract

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.

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