A Companion to Galician Culture

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Helena Miguélez-Carballeira
Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2014 - 233 páginas
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Of all the differentiated regions comprising contemporary Spain, Galicia is possibly the most deeply marked by political, economic and cultural inequities throughout the centuries. Possibly due to the absence of a nationally aware local bourgeoisie and the enduringly colonial structures informing Spanish-Galician economic and cultural relations, processes of national construction in the region have been patchily successful. However, Galicia's cultural distinctness is easily recognisable to the observer, from the language spoken in the region---the contemporary variant of old Galician-Portuguese---to the specific forms of the Galician built landscape, with its unique mixture of indigenous, imported and hybrid elements. The present volume offers English-language readers an in-depth introduction to the integral aspects of Galician cultural history, from pre-historical times to the present day. Whilst attention is given to the traditional areas of medieval culture, language, contemporary history and politics, the book also privileges compelling contemporary perspectives on cinema, architecture, the city of Santiago de Compostela and the urban qualities of Galician culture today. Helena Miguélez-Carballeira is a Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Bangor University, and Director of the Centre for Galician Studies in Wales.
 

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Índice

An Introduction to Galician Culture
1
Galician Literature and Written Culture during the Middle Ages
13
From Agrarian Crisis to HighSpeed Trains
35
Fact and Fetish
53
4 The Galician Language in the TwentyFirst Century
73
The Reinvention of Galician Folk Music
93
From Foundations to Roof
115
Beyond an Interrupted History
135
8 The Rural Urban and Global Spaces of Galician Culture
157
Life Text and Afterlife
175
The End of a Cycle?
195
Index
213
Backcover
234
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Sobre el autor (2014)

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Bangor University.

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