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Looking at Iberia

A Comparative European Perspective

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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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Part II Images of Iberia: Historical Perspectives on a Geographical, Political and Cultural Space

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Part II Images of Iberia: Historical Perspectives on a Geographical, Political and Cultural Space Maria Fernanda de Abreu Iberia in Search for a Literary Identity: A Stone Raft? Diversos són els homes i diverses les parles, i han convingut molts noms a un sol amor. — Salvador Espriu, La pell de brau Taking as starting points: i) a geocultural Iberian space, ii) an Iberian sin- gularity, in contrast with other identitarian clusters, in cultural or literary fields, and iii) a pan-regional, multinational and multilinguistic identity within the European context, the Iberian Peninsula has come to be consid- ered as an identitarian mega-frame, between the most restricted national identities which form it and the wider European one. I propose, therefore, to scan some of the ‘foundations’ – anthropological, geographical or any other – along with clusters that have been used in the ‘narration’ of Iberian literary and cultural history, in order to create that singularity. In this sense, I think that a project such as A Comparative History of Literatures in the Iberian Peninsula, directed by scholars of the University of Santiago de Compostela,1 establishes ‘scientific accuracy and its valid- ity as a starting point for scientific and academic work’.2 According to the main goals of this collective study, and in the premise that a Literary Iberian 1 See Fernando Cabo Aseguinolaza, Anxo Abuín, and César Domínguez, A Comparative History of Literatures in the Iberian Peninsula, vol. I (Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2010). 2 From the ‘Objectives’ of...

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