Galicia, A Sentimental Nation

Gender, Culture and Politics

Author(s) Helena Miguélez-Carballeira

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism, Modern Languages

Series: Iberian and Latin American Studies

  • July 2013 · 320 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9780708326534
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708326541
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783165674

About The Book

Galicia, a non-state nation in north-west Spain, has often been portrayed as a sentimental nation, a misty land of poets and legends. This book offers the first study of this trope as a feminizing, colonial stereotype that has marked Galician cultural history since the late nineteenth century. Through a close reading of the main texts of Galician literary history, the author shows how this trope has helped sustain the unequal power relation between Galicia and the Spanish State. As a consequence, questions of masculinity, morality and respectability have played an essential role in Galicia's national construction, thereby enforcing a masculine definition and limiting the role of women. This book argues for a revision of the main texts of Galician cultural nationalism through a gender and postcolonial perspective, showing that contemporary portrayals of Galician history are dependent on the politically debilitating trope of Galician sentimentality.

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Helena Miguélez-Carballeira

Helena Miguélez-Carballeira is Professor in Hispanic Studies at Bangor University, and Director of the Centre for Galician Studies in Wales. Her publications include the book Galicia, a Sentimental Nation: Gender, Culture and Politics (2013) and the edited volume A Companion to Galician Culture (2014).

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