The Advance of Women’s Writing
Edited By Maria Xesus Nogueira, Laura Lojo Rodriguez and Manuela Palacios
Preface by Luz Pozo Garza xi
Preface For María Xesús Nogueira A Passion for Celticism It all started when I devoured Murguía’s Galicia and his Historia, both beautiful works of scholarship, honest works, true gifts of patriotic love. Manuel Murguía, husband to the sublime poet Rosalía de Castro, had devoted himself to the historical sciences, and based his work in a regionally-oriented Celticism and in a romantic ideology, both currents that were of capital literary and cultural importance. An indisputable beacon in his own time, Murguía nourished deep friendships between Rosalía, Curros and Pondal, all central figures in Galician literature. His detractors were unable to unseat him, and his Celticist ideals were contagious. In A Coruña a group sprung up called, ironically, “A Cova Céltica” [The Celtic Lair], and became a famed centre of radical Celticism. Eduardo Pondal, Murguía’s poet par excellence, was hailed as “O Bardo de Bergantiños” [the Bard of Bergantiños]. Fuelled by my readings of Murguía, I plunged into the enthusiasms of Eduardo Pondal, whose step graced hallowed ground: from his “all in this Land is Celtic,” to his heroic transposition of Macpherson’s tales into his own tales of Breogán, Pondal was revered in the Cova Céltica and in the hearts of all who penned and pored over poetry. Readers know the remote district of Bergantiños “through Pondal,” just as “Morven is known through Macpherson” (Carballo Calero 1975). Murguía preached news of our fundamental ethnic Celticism,...
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