Masculine Subjectivity

Masculine Subjectivity and Self-writing in Spain

My book manuscript, Masculine Subjectivity and Self-writing in Spain, examines the centrality of paternal figures in autobiographies published in Spain after 1975. It focuses on the memoirs of authors born in Catalonia, including Carlos Barral, Juan and Luis Goytisolo, Terenci Moix, and Juan Marsé and it analyzes how several writers confronted and reconstituted the idea of paternity promoted during Franco’s dictatorship. In the decades following the return to democracy, a range of authors questioned the father as an all-powerful figure firmly at the head of his family. I argue that father figures play a central role in these authors’ autobiographical projects and in their proposals for new gender models during Spain’s transition to democracy. Drawing on Freud and Lacan’s conceptions of the father and on feminist revisions of these theories, the project contributes to current debates about masculinity, gender identity and subjectivity in the Spanish-speaking world.

This project grows out of my doctoral dissertation, “Fathers to a Fatherless Nation: From Abjection to Legacy in Spanish and Catalan Autobiographies After Franco