New Volume Explores Genre of Spanish Historical Novel

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Associate professor of Spanish Carmen García de la Rasilla has edited a new volume of essays on the modern Spanish historical novel titled “La novela histórica española contemporánea: novedades y transformaciones.” This book deepens knowledge of one of the most popular, successful and less studied genres in modern Spanish literature. Departing from the transformation initiated by Miguel de Unamuno in Peace in War (1897), his novel on the Second Carlist War, the volume aims to illuminate the genre’s major innovations and changes during those special periods affected by political and cultural crises in contemporary Spain, such as the transitions from the 19th to the 20th century and between the 20th century and the new millennium.

Rasilla has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Valladolid, Spain and a Ph.D. in literature from The Johns Hopkins University and researches and publishes in both fields. Author of “Salvador Dalí’s Literary Self-Portrait: Approaches to a Surrealist Autobiography” (2009), her other publications include a study of twentieth century Spanish urban history, and articles and book chapters on these subjects, as well as on comparative literature, women and painting and on Spanish Surrealism.

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