Exile and Identity Formation in the Autobiographies of Twentieth Century Spanish Women Writers
This dissertation explores the ways in which exile influences and transforms perceptions of self. A forced territorial uprooting, caused by a tangible social and political reality, is much more than social alienation or a metaphor for estrangement because the exodus brought about by military regimes affects corporeal, material, and emotional reality. It is a disruptive event that unsettles a way of life and disturbs a way of being. Expatriation becomes a question of self-definition because the situation initiates a series of changes---national, geographic, social, political, economic, familial, and personal---, which in turn destabilize the self because components of identity undergo modification.
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