An essay by Professor of Hispanic Studies Joana Sabadell-Nieto was recently published in Historia e intimidad. Epistolarios y autobiografía en la cultura española del medio siglo, published by Editorial Iberoamericana/Vervuert in Madrid.
The essay, “Hacer (se) público. Las preocupaciones diarias de Gonzalo Torrente Ballester,” examines what is behind the impulse of writing about intimate matters in diaries which are then donated to an institution/university with the ultimate goal of having them published—and to make public, the private. The article explores many possible answers to these and other questions and points out the need to contextualize such texts (i.e., if written during a dictatorship).
Sabadell-Nieto also discusses matters at play when dealing with personal writings, such as archive, control, power, and filiation, among others.
Sabadell-Nieto spent five years transcribing and studying the diaries of Spanish writer Gonzalo Torrente Ballester. She said that due to intricate and unresolved family disagreements, the diaries still await publication.