Gerald Brenan’s Fight for Freedom

By: María Dolores Ortega Munoz  

Brenan has been considered an “outsider” for his heterodox works. This paper highlights the characteristics that have created a fighter for freedom. The study analyses three of the main Brenan’s books and their publishing houses. Brenan had fought against the authoritarianism of his father and social class to choose a life on his own. Thus, he decided to become a writer. Brenan was in Málaga when the Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936. Consequently, he collaborated with newspapers and BBC Radio. He formulated the background of this war in The Spanish Labyrinth (1943), which was published by Cambridge University Press. Furthermore, the British author wrote The Literature of the Spanish People (1951). Accordingly, Brenan was recognized as an expert on Spain and was offered the Alfonso XIII Chair of Oxford, but he did not accept it. In 1949, Brenan toured Spain and investigated for the first time the murder of Lorca, then he composed The Face of Spain. The Literature of the Spanish People was published by Losada (Buenos Aires, 1958) and The Spanish Labyrinth by Ruedo Ibérico (Paris, 1962) in Spanish. Penguin Books published South from Granada in 1957. Hence, Brenan’s character was born: a young man who leaves the enslaving modern society and seeks his way in the mountains. Brenan’s books, forbidden in Spain, were a cry for freedom against Francoist censorship. They were the voice for many Spaniards and the seed for other researchers. Brenan’s fight is alive on digital format and web 2.0.

G. Brenan, Publishing Houses, Censorship, Fight, Freedom, Past, Present, Future
Publishing Practices: Past, Present, and Future
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

María Dolores Ortega Munoz

Spanish Teacher for Foreigners, Education, Casa Gerald Brenan

María Dolores Ortega-Muñoz is from Málaga, Spain. She has a degree in Spanish Philology by Málaga University and the English Superior Certificate by Official Language School. She has a Master in Literary and Linguistic Spanish Heritage by Málaga University. Her master's thesis is based on Gerald Brenan (a British Hispanist). Currently, Ortega-Muñoz is completing her Doctoral Programme in Linguistic, Literature and Translation, at Málaga University. She has published several articles and participated in conferences. She collaborates with media. Ortega-Muñoz is the president of Gerald Brenan's Cultural Association, which disseminates Brenan's life and works. Furthermore, Ortega-Muñoz is a Superior Technical in Diet and Nutrion, especialized in diabetes.