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Testimony, Documentary, Fiction: The Remedialisation of Stolen Children

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This paper examines the remedialisation of the abduction of the children of “rojas” by the Francoist regime. In 2006 the Spanish author Benjamin Prado published Mala gente que camina, a novel that shares most of the characteristics of the fiction published after the turn of the millennium dedicated to the memory of the Civil War and Francoist repression: the detective plot, the divided plotline between present and past, and metafictional reflections. But what role did it actually play in the development of the case of the stolen children? This paper studies the relation between different social discourses (testimony, fiction, investigative journalism, historiography) and different media (printed books, TV, cinema and theatre) in the development of the case, and explores the specific relation between documentary and fiction in this context. The article follows a line of dialogic interaction between social discourses and media from the feminist movement in the 1980s and until today, through which oral testimony and the losing part of the population’s “forgotten” memories are turned into docu-fiction and fictionalised documentary with the purpose of reading history against the grain and presenting memory as an act of justice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring Texts, Media, and Memory
EditorsLars Sætre, Patrizia Lombardo , Sara Tanderup Linkis
Number of pages28
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherAarhus Universitetsforlag
Publication year2017
Pages313-40
ISBN (print)978 87 7184 387 3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesActa Jutlandica. Humanistisk Serie
Number2017/1
ISSN0901-0556

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