Contemporary Galician Cultural Studies
Between the Local and the Global
Galicia occupies an ambiguous position, at the crossroads between land and sea, the Atlantic north and the Mediterranean south, Spanish and Portuguese. For two centuries, its nationhood was ignored or disputed and its people migrated in great numbers to the Americas. What it means to be Galician, therefore, is a central question—particularly now, given Galicia's new autonomy and today's trends of globalization and pluralism.
In this first English-language collection of analyses of Galician culture and identity, many aspects of galeguidade—Galicianness—are explored. Among them are the nineteenth-century Rexurdimento and Rosalía de Castro's championing of and conflict with Galician nationalism, the status of Galician as a separate language, the attractions and problems of television series that express a utopian nostalgia, the continuing importance of Galician-language poetry and folk music, and challenges to Galician tradition by the postmodern avant-gardes after 1975.
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"Essential for the instructor offering classes or seminars in the topic. It is scholarly, thorough, and thought provoking. A groundbreaking book."
—Cristina Moreiras-Menor, University of Michigan
"Essential for the instructor offering classes or seminars in the topic. It is scholarly, thorough, and thought provoking. A groundbreaking book." —Cristina Moreiras-Menor, University of Michigan
"Contemporary Galician Cultural Studies is an indispensable resource for students and teachers of Galician, Spanish, Iberian, and Global cultural studies." —Silvia Oliveira, Rhode Island College
"The volume does not avoid the most controversial topics and approaches them in a thorough and thought-provoking way. It represents the perfect starting point for the discussion of the Galician culture and identity." —Arturo Meijide Lapido, St. Ambrose University
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