domingo, 20 de septiembre de 2015

Who was Gerald Brenan? By Lola Ortega Muñoz


Edward Fitzgerald Brenan was a British writer and Hispanist. Sliema, Malta, April 7th, 1894 - Málaga, Spain, January 19th, 1987.

He spent much of his life in Spain. He wrote different essays and books, two of the most important works are South from Granada and The Spanish Labyrinth, a historical work on the background of the Spanish Civil War. He was in contact with writers such as Virginia Woolf and Hemingway.

Brenan had an itinerant childhood because his father worked for the British Army: Malta, South Africa, England, Ireland, India, etc. He studied at Radley College.

Young rebel, in 1912, he did not want to be a professional soldier and he escaped with his friend Hope-Johnstone. The First World War forced him to join the army in 1914 and he left it in 1918 with honours and a pension.

He preferred the intellectual circles, as the Bloomsbury group, where he met his beloved Dora Carrington, an artist and partner of Lytton Strachey (famous biographer). In 1919 he moved to Spain. First, he rented a house in the small village of Yegen, in the Alpujarras district of the province of Granada. He spent his time catching up on the education which he felt he had missed by not attending university. In 1930 he met the American poet and novelist Gamel Woolsey (Death's Other kingdom); they married in Rome in 1931.

Later, they bought a house in Churriana, Málaga, in 1935; but they had to go back to England because of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Brenan was permitted to return to Spain in 1953 despite holding views which were critical of Franco’s regime.


Gamel Woolsey died in Spain in 1968 and she was buried at the English Cemetery in Málaga. Brenan died 19th January 1987 (aged 92). He donated his body to the Medicine Faculty of Málaga for medical research and later cremated. In the end, his ashes were buried next to his wife.  


Brenan, G. (1962):  A Life of One’s Own. London: Jonathan Cape.


Brenan, G. (1974):  Personal Record 1920-1972. London: Jonathan Cape.




miércoles, 2 de septiembre de 2015

ABIERTO PLAZO INSCRIPCIÓN “CURSO/INTERCAMBIO 2015-16 GERALD BRENAN ESPAÑOL PARA EXTRANJEROS”



ABIERTO PLAZO INSCRIPCIÓN 
“CURSO/INTERCAMBIO 2015-16 GERALD BRENAN ESPAÑOL PARA EXTRANJEROS” 
INSCRIPCIÓN: C/ Torremolinos, Nº: 28, Churriana • Tf: 696843713 / 951 926 163
Martes: Calendario: 1 octubre - 24 Junio. Destinado a alumnos adultos que deseen mejorar su nivel de español para que puedan aprender contenidos prácticos, necesarios en su vida diaria en España.
Primero 9:30h Teoría y práctica
Segundo 10:30h "
Tercero 11:30h "
Cuarto 12:30h "
Quinto 13:30h Conversación sobre cultura española
INTERCAMBIO ESPAÑOL/INGLÉS GRATUITO:MARTES 18h

Cada semana tratamos un tema de conversación que previamente los participantes podrán leer en su idioma preferido en nuestro blog:http://spanishcoursegeraldbrenan.blogspot.com.es/ con temas de actualidad de Málaga y nuestra cultura en colaboración conhttp://www.surinenglish.com/
Metodología comunicativa, presencial y “Online” a través de las redes y en contacto con e-mail (lolaortegamunoz@hotmail.com) para cualquier tipo de explicación o duda. El objetivo principal del curso es la mejora de la práctica del idioma; y si los estudiantes lo desean, tienen la opción de acceder a otros programas formativos o a exámenes oficiales como los del INSTITUTO CERVANTES