Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Trauma, memory, and identity in contemporary Spain and Bosnia-Herzegovina
by Babovic, Sarah Millar, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 118; 1466186
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this thesis is to identify the role of intergenerational trauma within the memory booms associated with the 1936-39 Civil War in Spain and the 1992-95 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Bill). A comparative analysis of recent films from both countries that set the exploration of war memory within the context of the family, oftentimes via child protagonists, illustrates that due to generational distance, Spain has been able to begin to remember and work through the traumatic memory of the Civil War and Franco dictatorship, and finally start to integrate that memory into national identity. Conversely, because of the lack of generational distance, Bill may be steering a course toward temporary forgetting as a means of working through. The cycles of transgenerational transmission illustrate the workings of postmemory on a collective level and point to the responsibility that will face future generations: to remember—or to forget—in order to mourn inherited trauma and maintain political peace.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vollendorf, Lisa
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Comparative literature, Romance literature, Slavic literature
Publication Number: 1466186
ISBN: 9781109168051
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