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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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“If We Build It, Will They Come?” Iberian Studies as a Field of Dreams

“If We Build It, Will They Come?” Iberian Studies as a Field of Dreams

(p.37) Chapter Two “If We Build It, Will They Come?” Iberian Studies as a Field of Dreams
Iberian Modalities

Luisa Elena Delgado

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyzes the intellectual and pedagogic consequences of the disciplinary turn from “Spanish/Peninsular Studies” to “Iberian Studies”. Those consequences cannot be fully understood without a clear understanding of the symbolic construction of the Spanish national imaginary, including the symptoms that historically have been identified as threats to its coherence. The chapter develops the argument that for this turn to be effective it is crucial to question the fundamental fantasies that lay at the core of the hegemonic notion of “Spanishness”, because the realm of fantasy is where statehood binds its subjects. Such a questioning would in turn lead to the disclosure of the explicit and implicit rejections that the normalcy of the State (and the state of normalcy) both requires and predicts. The final question is: if a different intellectual field is built, where not only the game is different but also the way the game is played is different as well, who will be in attendance and who will be keeping score±

Keywords:   Iberian Studies, Spanish Nationalism, Normalcy, Fantasy, Dream

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