Transnational Spanish Studies

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Transnational Spanish Studies

Transnational Modern Languages, 2


June 17th, 2020

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The focus of this book is two-fold. First it traces the expansive geographical spread of the language commonly referred to as Spanish. This has given rise to multiple hybrid formations over time emerging in the clash of multiple cultures, languages and religions within and between great empires (Roman, Islamic, Hispano-Catholic), each with expansionist policies leading to wars, huge territorial gains and population movements. This long history makes Hispanophone culture itself a supranational, trans-imperial one long before we witness its various national cultures being refashioned as a result of the transnational processes associated with globalization today. Indeed, the Spanish language we recognise today was ‘transnational’ long before it was ever the foundation of a single nation state. Secondly, it approaches the more recent post-national, translingual and inter-subjective ‘border-crossings’ that characterise the global world today with an eye to their unfolding within this long trans-imperial history of the Hispanophone world. In doing so, it maps out some of the contemporary post-colonial, decolonial and trans-Atlantic inflections of this trans-imperial history as manifest in literature, cinema, music and digital cultures. Contributors: Christopher J. Pountain, L.P. Harvey, James T. Monroe, Rosaleen Howard, Mark Thurner, Alexander Samson, Andrew Ginger, Samuel Llano, Philip Swanson, Claire Taylor, Emily Baker, Elzbieta Slodowska, Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián, Henriette Partzsch, Helen Melling, Conrad James and Benjamin Quarshie.

“This book will be a welcome and important contribution to the ongoing re-shaping of Modern Languages in the UK, with an appeal and impact that goes far beyond.”
Chris Harris, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Author Information

Catherine Davies is a Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies and the former Director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Rory O’Bryen is a Senior Lecturer in Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Illustrations9
List of Contributors11
Section I: Language55
1. Transnational Dimensions in the History of Spanish59
2. Arabic in the Iberian Peninsula75
3. The First Chapter in Ibero-Romance Literatures: The harja-s (kharjas)89
4. Indigenous People of the Andes through Language105
Section 2: Temporalities119
5. The Names of Spain and Peru: Notes on the Global Scope of the Hispanic123
6. Time, Empire and the Transnational in the Early Modern Spanish World143
7. Modern, Modernity, Modernism and the Transnational; Or, Goodbye to All That?161
8. Flamenco as Palimpsest: Reading through Hybridity177
Section 3: Spatialities193
9. Where is Latin America? Imaginary Geographies and Cultures of Production and Consumption197
10. Digital Culture and Post-regional Latin Americanism211
11. From ‘Imagined’ to ‘Inoperative’ Communities: The Un-working of National and Latin American Identities in Contemporary Fiction229
12. Post-Soviet (Re)collections: From Artefact to Artifice in the Wake of the ‘Special Period’ in Cuba243
13. Amphibious Visualities: Transnational Archipelagos of Recent Latin American Cinema259
Section 4: Subjectivities277
14. The Transnational Space of Women’s Writing in Nineteenth-century Spain281
15. Envisioning African-descent Confraternities in Early Nineteenth-century Lima, Peru299
16. Dominican Trans: Frank Báez’s Global Poetics321
17. ‘Signos y cicatrices comunes’: Queerness, Disability and Pedro Lemebel’s Poetics and Politics of Embodiment335