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On the Research@Baylor website: Spanish professor’s new book explores anti-fascist rites of passage in Francoist Spain


Dr. Michael Thomas

Dr. Michael Thomas

A newly released book by Dr. Michael Thomas, a professor of Spanish in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is providing fresh analysis of thematic elements in post-civil war Spanish literature.The book, Coming of Age in Franco’s Spain, presents Thomas’ analysis of six novels by five young and highly regarded Spanish authors of the 1940s and ’50s. The novels reveal not only a trove of insight into life under Generalissimo Francisco Franco, but also a sophisticated and at times dangerously defiant attitude toward the ruling fascists.

Thomas’ research, supported in part by a grant from the OVPR’s Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Development Program, suggests that the books’ controversial subject matter may have gone unnoticed by the government’s zealous censors because of the otherwise innocuous subject matter of the novels, which dealt with children on the brink of transitioning into adulthood.

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