Unexpected Routes: Exile, Migration, and Memory, 1931-1945


ACLS Fellowship Program


Romance Languages and Literatures


Different forms of displacement shaped cultural production emerging from the Spanish Civil War and World War II in relation to the paths to safety that spread across the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. This project looks at a number of European writers whose itineraries involved Spain, Mexico, and North Africa, and that up until this point have not been discussed in relation to one another. The study reveals that the migratory movements that resulted from the Spanish Civil War and World War II led to new patterns of exclusion and inclusion, forms of cultural memory, and intellectual affinities, even in parts of the world considered to be marginal to the history of the conflicts.