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 2013 · 320pages · 216x138mm

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

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.

Endorsements

""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

Contents

IIntroduction: 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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