Title: Franco's 'Mutilated Gentleman': Masculinity and War Disability in Modern Spain, 1936-1976.
Period: Post 1800
Funded by: AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities Studentship
Start year: 2014
Semester Two 2018/19 Office Hours: Mondays 13:00-15:00
This thesis aims to explore the experiences of Nationalist veterans of the Spanish Civil War whose mental or physical injuries challenged mainstream notions of Francoist masculinity and health. What was the official stance on such individuals? How did their injuries affect public perceptions of their status as 'men' and breadwinners?
How did welfare provisions reflect such perceptions? The answers to these questions will provide a new perspective on the issue of gender in Franco’s Spain, and will enable new points of comparison to be drawn from existing literature on the experiences of disabled veterans in other countries.