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Looking at Iberia

A Comparative European Perspective


Edited By Santiago Pérez Isasi and Angela Fernandes

This collection of new essays by scholars from across Europe focuses on the key theoretical and historical questions within the rapidly growing field of Iberian studies, which is taken by the authors to mean the methodological consideration of the Iberian peninsula as a complex and multilingual cultural and literary system. Dealing with a wide range of issues and cultural output from a comparative European perspective, the essays question the concept of ‘Iberian’ itself, query its suitability as a starting point for academic research and consider it in relation to other more established concepts and identities, such as Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Basque and Galician, as well as wider European and Western identities. The contributors examine the relationship between the reality of ‘Iberia’ and the mythical, historical and artistic narratives created to support or represent this collective identity, with a particular focus on the period from the nineteenth century to the present day.


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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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