Violence, Art, and Memory of the Spanish Civil War

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-340  |  Spanish, as SPAN-340 | Moodle
Sara J. Brenneis (Section 01)

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To get started, you might refer to general overviews on reserve:

Graham, Helen. Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2005. AC Frost Reserves DP269 .G6462 2005

Teaching Representations of the Spanish Civil War. Modern Language Association of America Options for Teaching. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2007. AC Frost Reserves DP269.A555 T43 2007

You can use the 5 College Catalog to find films, music, and literature. You might try the following subject keywords (knowing this will not be comprehensive).

  • Feature films Spain Civil War, 1936-1939
  • Spain  History  Civil War, 1936-1939  Songs and music
  • Spain  History  Civil War, 1936-1939  Fiction

Once you have some background information on your topic, try searching the 5 College Catalog for relevant books. You might start by using one of the following sets of subject keywords, and then narrowing down with more specific topics:

  • Spain  History  Civil War, 1936-1939
  • Spain  History  Civil War, 1936-1939  Art and the war
  • Spain  History  Civil War, 1936-1939  Drama
  • Spain  History  Civil War, 1936-1939  Literature and the war
  • Spain  History  Civil War, 1936-1939  Motion pictures and the war
  • Spain  History  Civil War, 1936-1939  Pictorial works
  • Spain  History  Civil War, 1936-1939  Poetry


The following research guides may also be useful:



    • Art & Architecture Source (1914 to present)
      Index to leading publications in the world of the arts, including full-text coverage for several hundred titles.
    • Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
      Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.
    • ARTstor
      Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.
    • Bridgeman Education
      A visual resource offering digital images of art, history, and culture from museums, galleries, private collections, and contemporary artists.
    • Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text
      Bibliographic and full-text database of film and television articles from scholarly and popular publications. Includes images from the MPTV Image Archive of entertainment photography.
    • Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
      Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).
    • MLA International Bibliography with Full Text (1926 to present)
      Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
    • Music Periodicals Database (1874 to present)
      Provides indexing and abstracts for more that 425 international music periodicals, plus full text for around 140 journals.
    • Europeana
      Multi-lingual online collection of millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries, archives and multi-media collections.


    D’Lugo, Marvin. Guide to the Cinema of Spain. Reference Guides to the World’s Cinema. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1997. AC Frost Reference PN1993.5.S7 D68 1997
    Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture. London [England] ; New York: Routledge, 1999. AC Frost Reference DP233.5 .E63 1999
    Mira Nouselles, Alberto. Historical Dictionary of Spanish Cinema. Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts no. 37. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2010. AC Frost Reference PN1993.5.S7 M553 2010
    Monteath, Peter. The Spanish Civil War in Literature, Film, and Art: An International Bibliography of Secondary Literature. Bibliographies and Indexes in World Literature no. 43. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1994. AC Frost Reference DP269.8.L5 M65 1994
    • Reference Universe
      Searchable index of the library's entire reference collection, both print and electronic.
    • Britannica Moderna
      Spanish-language encyclopedia and dictionary.
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
      70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.
    • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
      Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples.
    • Literature Resource Center
      Full-text critical studies, biographies of authors; covers all genres, all time periods, and all regions.
    • Oxford Art Online
      Oxford Art Online is the access point for Grove Art Online, and other Oxford art reference works covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic and decorative arts, and photography from prehistory to the present.
    • Oxford Music Online
      Oxford Music online is the access point for Grove Music Online and other Oxford music reference resources.

    Web Resources

    • Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archive Collection (NYU Libraries) - The Abraham Lincoln Archives Collection is an ongoing project begun by the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (VALB) in the late 1970s. These Spanish Civil War veterans recognized the importance of preserving the history of the role of North American volunteers. They formed the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives organization (ALBA) and began to collect letters, writings, oral histories, photographs, posters, artifacts, and ephemera that would preserve this history and contextualize it within the ongoing struggle for radical social change. 
    • Biblioteca Nacional: Spanish Civil War Resources - Browse the catalog of the National Library of Spain for a variety of items related to the Spanish Civil War.
    • Spanish Civil War History Project (University of South Florida Digital Collections) - The Spanish Civil War History Project documented the response of the Tampa Spanish immigrant community to the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The project was partially funded by grants from the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States' Universities and from the Florida Humanities Council.
    • Spanish Civil War (1936- 1930): Digital Primary Source Archives & Websites (Yale University Library) - List of digital archives and websites with materials related to the Spanish Civil War. Curated by Yale University Library.
    • Spanish Civil War Memory Project: Audiovisual Archive of the Francoist Repression (University of California, San Diego) - The digital archive of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist Dictatorship is an initiative of UCSD in collaboration with several Spanish civic associations. With the assistance of these human rights organizations, since the summer of 2007 several teams of graduate students have been recording audiovisual testimonies of militants, witnesses, and victims of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist repression.
    • Trabajadores: The Spanish Civil War through the eyes of organized labor (Warwick Digital Library) - This digital collection is made up of primary sources on the Spanish Civil War taken from several archive collections held by the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. It contains thousands of documents on a wide range of subjects relating to the Spanish Civil War, including material on key themes such as the response of organised labour and the political left in Britain and abroad, the attitude of the British and French governments, medical aid and the care of refugees, the International Brigade, and German and Italian intervention. Some were written from a communist or anarchist point of view.

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