Contemporary Galician Cultural Studies

Between the Local and the Global

  • Editors: Kirsty Hooper, Manuel Puga Moruxa
  • Pages: xiv & 344 pp.
  • Published: 2011
  • ISBN: 9781603290883 (Paperback)
  • ISBN: 9781603290876 (Cloth)
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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

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.

Burghard Baltrusch
Silvia Bermúdez
Jaine Beswick
José Colmeiro
Lourenzo Fernández Prieto
Antón Figueroa
Joseba Gabilondo
Laura López Fernández
Timothy McGovern
Marta Pérez Pereiro
María do Cebreiro Rábade Villar
María Reimóndez
Eugenia R. Romero
John Patrick Thompson

 Preface to the Series (xi)

Acknowledgments (xiii)

Introduction: Galician Geographies (1)

Kirsty Hooper and Manuel Puga Moruxa

Part 1: Histories

Introduction (19)

Interpreting Galician History: The Recent Construction of an Unknown Past (24)

Lourenzo Fernández Prieto

National Literature and the Literary Field (40)

Antón Figueroa

Cultural History and Resistance: The Articulation of Modern Galician Literature (54)

María do Cebreiro Rábade Villar

Toward a Postnational History of Galician Literature: Rereading Rosalía de Castro’s Narrative as Atlantic Modernism (74)

Joseba Gabilondo

Part 2: Identities

Introduction (99)

The Other Galicia: Construction of National Identity through Absence (104)

Eugenia R. Romero

Galician-Spanish-British? Migrant Identification Practices, Transnationalism, and Invisibility in Guildford, England (125)

Jaine Beswick

Portuguese or Spanish Orthography for the Galizan Language? An Analysis of the Conflito Normativo (143)

John Patrick Thompson

Camping Up the Nation: Antón Lopo’s Ganga and the Queering of Iberia (166)

Timothy McGovern

Part 3: Cultural Practices

Introduction (185)

Whose Heritage Is It, Anyway? Cultural Planning and Practice in Contemporary Galicia (190)

María Reimóndez

Imagining Galician Cinema: Utopian Visions? (202)

José Colmeiro

Utopian Identity in Galician Television Programming: Nostalgia as Ideology in the Series Made by Televisión de Galicia (221)

Marta Pérez Pereiro

The Postmodern Avant-Gardes in Post-1975 Galician Literature: Rompente, Antón Reixa, and Suso de Toro (237)

Burghard Baltrusch

Modes of Representation in Galician Visual Poetry (258)

Laura López Fernández

Remapping Galician Narrative for the Twenty-First Century (272)

Kirsty Hooper

Poetry and Performance: The Renewal of the Public Sphere in Present-Day Galicia (289)

Silvia Bermúdez

Glossary (305)

Notes on Contributors (307)

Works Cited (311)

Index (335)