A New History of Spanish Writing, 1939 to the 1990s explores the diversity of some sixty years of imaginative writing by Spaniards, its interactions with Spain's peculiarly dramatic history since the end of its Civil War, and its wider thematic significance. It covers the famous and canonical texts of the most recent in Modern Spanish literature but also explores areas less well-known outside Spain (essays and editorials, queer narrative, new poetry, comics, and texts of the militant and reactionary Right). More space than is usual in literary histories is allowed for commentary on famous texts, but the book also makes room for the marginalized and for socially contextualized explorations of the interconnectedness of various forms of writing. The overall structure is not chronological but thematic, dealing with abstract and topical issues such as silence, the family, or realism.
The authors of A New History of Spanish Writing have formulated a coherent well-written, and intriguing introduction to Spanish writing of the past sixty years that covers much critical and ideological ground ... the thematic approach offers useful information and even affords compelling reading (a trait generally absent from standard literary histories). Anales de la literatura espanola contemporanea An important and very useful addition to undergraduate reading lists, professionals working in the field also have much to learn from this book. Modern Language Review The balancing act performed by the authors is admirable: they have managed to address traditional literary historical categories, tremendismo, social realism, and so forth, but simultaneously to show their limitations; they have given due attention to the famous without disregarding those who have not attained canonical status thus far. Modern Language Review It is refreshing to read a literary history that does not weigh more in kilos than it does in importance. Modern Language Review A coherent overview of the turbulent and challenging conditions in which Spanish writers have managed to publish. Peter Evans, Times Literary Supplement An admirable work, historically grounded, competently written, and containing perceptive analyses of the many Spanish writers present in its pages ... A New History of Spanish Writing clearly demonstrates the breadth and effervescence of Spanish literary culture and makes an important contribution to literary studies. History