A Comparative European Perspective
Santiago Pérez Isasi and Ângela Fernandes Looking at Iberia in/from Europe
This volume focuses on some key theoretical, methodological and historical questions related with Iberian literatures and cultures, privileging a strong European component and a comparative approach. The essays gathered here are the main outcome from the Exploratory Workshop ‘Looking at Iberia from a Comparative European Perspective: Literature, Narration and Identity’ funded by the European Science Foundation and held at the Faculty of Arts from the University of Lisbon, on 13 and 14 October 2011. This workshop was organized in the frame of Project DIIA – Diálogos Ibéricos e Ibero-Americanos [Iberian and Ibero-American Dialogues], from the Centre for Comparative Studies, University of Lisbon, and it brought together twenty-one scholars from eleven European countries with common interests in Iberian languages, literatures and cultures, along with a shared comparative perspective towards them. The papers presented then and the lively discussion that ensued led to the common wish to transform all of our questions and ref lexions into a volume that might of fer a theo- retical and methodological threshold for future investigations on Iberian literary and cultural phenomena. The field of Iberian Studies, which could be defined as the methodo- logical consideration of the Iberian Peninsula as a complex, multilingual cultural and literary system, has known an exponential development in the last years; however, it still lacks solid theoretical and methodologi- cal ref lections that may guarantee its validity and its independence as a scientific area. This volume aims at contributing towards filling that void by analysing some of the key issues...
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