Galicia, A Sentimental Nation

Gender, Culture and Politics

by Helena Miguélez-Carballeira (Author)

Description
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.
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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: July 2013
  • English
  • 9780708326541
  • United Kingdom
  • Ebook
  • Primary Price: 90 GBP
  • Pages: 320
  • University of Wales Press
  • Publish State: Published
  • Series: Iberian and Latin American Studies