'The Letters of Alberto Jiménez Fraud (1905-1964)' book launch

4 December 2019
Wednesday 4 December 2019, 5pm
Daubeny Laboratory, Magdalen College

The Madariaga Series & Magdalen College host the launch of the book


The Letters of Alberto Jiménez Fraud (1905-1964)

Edited by James Valender, José García-Velasco, Tatiana Aguilar Álvarez-Bay and Trilce Arroyo

Madrid: Publicaciones de la Residencia de Estudiantes, 2018


Daubeny Laboratory, Magdalen College, Oxford

High Street (across from the main College building), Oxford OX1 4AU

Wednesday 4th December 2019, 5 pm.


-Alberto Jiménez Fraud was a key figure in Spanish cultural life in the 20th-century. He was the founder of the Residencia de Estudiantes, an institution modelled on the Oxford and Cambridge colleges that was central to the efforts of creating a modern, learned, civilized Spain promoted by the Institución Libre de Enseñanza. In the first third of the 20th century, and under Jiménez Fraud’s direction, the Residencia became a hotspot for intellectual debate, cultural exchange and social renovation. The 1936 Civil War and subsequent dictatorship put an end to the Residencia and to all efforts that aimed at creating a new, civilized, lay, modern Spain. After the war, Jiménez Fraud settled in Oxford and taught in the Spanish Sub-faculty.

This monumental edition of his letters is a fundamental book for those interested in the history and culture of contemporary Spain.




-Elisa Navas (Director of the Francisco Giner de los Ríos Foundation, Madrid)

-Juan-Carlos Conde (Professor of Medieval Spanish Literature and Philology, University of Oxford, and Fellow in Spanish, Magdalen College, Oxford)

-James Valender (Professor of Spanish Literature, El Colegio de México)



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