A Comparative European Perspective
Edited By Santiago Pérez Isasi and Angela Fernandes
Part II Images of Iberia: Historical Perspectives on a Geographical, Political and Cultural Space
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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