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Empire on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
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Empire on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Mary Gossy


This book offers instruction to readers who want to know and feel their ways through and beyond disciplinary conventions towards new and clearer understandings of how empires and texts shiver and fall, and why. Literature makes a difference to the ways that these questions are asked and explored. A cavalcade of writers has written about empire, femininity, Spain, pain, wounds, war and love. Symptoms of imperial panic abound in their pages, very frequently manifesting directly or indirectly in allusions to Spain and things Spanish. Here female or feminised bodies often bear the brunt of any act ... More

Keywords: disciplinary conventions, literature, Spain, masculinity, femininity, empire, pain, war, love

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781846311826
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315268


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Gossy, author