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Galicia, A Sentimental Nation

Gender, Culture and Politics

Author(s): Helena Miguélez-Carballeira

Language: English

Genre(s): Modern Languages Literary Criticism

Series: Iberian and Latin American Studies

July 2013320 pages

Hardback - 9780708326534 eBook - epub - 9781783165674 eBook - mobi - 9781783165681 eBook - pdf - 9780708326541

About The Book

This is the first feminist and postcolonial analysis of Galician cultural nationalism and its relation to the Spanish state and Spanish centralism.


""Galicia, a Sentimental Nation" places Galician literary culture for the first time at the heart of critical debate about the enduring reverberations of colonial structures and repertoires. Miguelez-Carballeira does not just tell us but shows us in stark and persuasive details that the relationship between Galicia and Spain since the nineteenth century cannot be understood without sustained feminist and postcolonial critique. A tour de force."--Kirsty Hooper, University of Warwick


Introduction: When Did We Become Sentimental? Colonial Stereotype, National Discourse and Gender in Galicia and Spain Chapter One: Shaping Galician Femininity: Method, Metaphor and Myth in Augusto Gonzalez Besada’s Cultural Writing Chapter Two: Purifying the National Model: Questions of Morality and Sentimentality in Eugenio Carre Aldao’s Writing Chapter Three: Competing Manhoods: Political Nationalism vs. Sentimental Regionalism in Antonio Couceiro Freijomil Chapter Four: Sexing the National Father: Between Promiscuity and Decorum in Ricardo Carvalho Calero Chapter Five: Breaking Out of the Normal: From Pineirismo to Normalization in Contemporary Galician Culture Afterword: The Man Who Married Galicia: Towards a Postcolonial Critique of Galician Sentimentality

About the Author(s)

Helena Miguélez-Carballeira

Helena Miguélez-Carballeira is a lecturer in Hispanic studies and director of the Centre for Galician Studies at Bangor University.

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