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Iberian ModalitiesA Relational Approach to the Study of Culture in the Iberian Peninsula$
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Joan Ramon Resina

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318337

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318337.001.0001

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Dine with the Opposition? ¡No, gracias! Hispanism versus Iberian Studies in Great Britain and Ireland

Dine with the Opposition? ¡No, gracias! Hispanism versus Iberian Studies in Great Britain and Ireland

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(p.23) Chapter One Dine with the Opposition? ¡No, gracias! Hispanism versus Iberian Studies in Great Britain and Ireland
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Iberian Modalities
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Dominic Keown

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318337.003.0002

This chapter offers a retrospective review of the varying ideological positions regarding the study of Iberia and its cultures in the UK and Ireland. In this context, an initial pluralistic response to the Peninsula - in terms of nationality, language and creativity - is appreciated amongst the first generation of scholars in the early twentieth century. However, this comprehensive attitude is compromised after the Civil War when a rival tendency emerges which prefers to treat Spain and Portugal as singular, exclusive and impermeable entities along the lines embraced by centralist ideologues of the Left and Right of the Spanish political spectrum. In contrast to such rigidity, the value of the more democratic alternative to the understanding of state pluralism, as espoused by the previous generation of Hispanists, is underlined with reference to T S Eliot's Notes Towards a Definition of Culture (1948). The chapter concludes that, at the present moment, the porous horizontality of Cultural Studies offers an ideal opportunity for a similarly comprehensive assimilation of the national, linguistic and creative variety of Iberia.

Keywords:   Iberia, Hispanism, Centralism, Pluralism, Cultural Studies

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