chapter  6
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Rurality, the Second Space, and Global Memory Structures in Bernardo Atxaga’s El hijo del acordeonista

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on concepts covered in the preceding chapters of this book. The book examines the attitude of the apertura and Transitional generations to a public space in which the power of the Francoist memory narrative is on the wane. Republican women's former participation in the public sphere during the Second Republic endowed their gendered personas with a hyper-sexuality and immorality, at antipodes to the Francoist vision of proper female conduct and deportment. The memory of this putative transgression informed the Francoist policy of urban control whereby the Republican woman was the object of surveillance and harassment, if not of active annihilation, as part of a retrospective punishment for their putative wantonness. In the texts under study, space produces multilayered mnemonic discourses of the past, which interpenetrate with the critical faculty of the individual who resists a collectivization of their personal memory.