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Reading Iberia



Helena Buffery, Stuart Davis and Kirsty Hooper

This book is an edited volume of eleven specially-commissioned essays by a range of established and emerging UK-based Hispanists, which assess recent developments in the disciplines falling under the umbrella of ‘Iberian Studies’. These essays, which cover a wide range of time periods and geographical areas, but are united by the common question of what it means to ‘Read Iberia’, offer an invigorating critique of many of the critical assumptions shaping the study of Iberian languages and literatures.
This volume offers a timely intervention into the debate about the current repositioning of language/literature disciplines within the UK university. Its intellectual starting point is the need for a committed and incisive re-evaluation of the role of literature and the way we teach and research it. The contributors address this issue from a diverse range of linguistic, cultural and theoretical backgrounds, drawing on both familiar and not-so-familiar texts and authors to question common reference points and critical assumptions. The volume offers not only a new and invigorating space for reimagining Iberian Studies from within, but also – through its commitment to interdisciplinary debate – an opportunity to raise the profile of Iberian Studies outside the community of academic Hispanists.
Contents: Helena Buffery/Stuart Davis/Kirsty Hooper: Introduction – Helena Buffery: The RAT Trap?: The Politics of Translating Iberia – José Luis Bellón: Bourdieu’s Field and the Critical Minefield of the 1898 Generation – Stuart Davis: Que(e)rying Spain: On the Limits and Possibilities of Queer Theory in Hispanism – Andrew Ginger: The Modern Moment: The Dawn of Cultural Modernity in Spain – Helena López: A Memory Studies approach to post-Spanish Civil War exile: the case of Mujeres Libres – Kirsty Hooper: New Cartographies in Galician Studies: From Literary Nationalism to Postnational Readings – Carmen Ramos Villar: Anthologies and Azorean literature: the Construction of an Azorean identity – Laura Lonsdale: Feminism and Form: Reading for Ambiguity in Esther Tusquets’ El mismo mar de todos los veranos – Claire Williams: The Princess and the Critic: Debates about ‘literatura light’ in Portugal – Nerea Arruti: Beyond the Guggenheim: Location, Perspective and Field in Basque Studies – Kathryn Crameri: Reading Iberias: Teaching and Researching the ‘Other Cultures’ of Spain.