Pathologies of the Past: Spain’s “Belated” Memory Debates

  • Alison Ribeiro de Menezes


Spain’s current memory debates are arguably rather belated, and not simply because for many their appearance in public discourse has been tardy. If we take the notion of “belatedness” in a Freudian sense, as designating the manner in which the past is always already interpreted,1 then Civil War memory in Spain is at least triply belated. Interpreted according to Regime dictates during the Francoist period, and reinterpreted according to the new memory horizon of the Transition to democracy, it has, since roughly the turn of the millennium, been undergoing a further revision that has aroused heated disputes in the political, civic, and academic arenas. The palimpsestic nature of Spain’s memory horizon testifies to shifting generational perspectives both on the past and on its significance for the present.


Mass Grave Transitional Justice Cultural Memory Historical Memory Political Opportunity Structure 
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