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The Routledge Companion to Iberian Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Javier Munoz-Basols, Laura Lonsdale, Manuel Delgado


688 pages | 42 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Companion to Iberian Studies takes an important place in the scholarly landscape by bringing together a compelling collection of essays that reflect the evolving ways in which researchers think and write about the Iberian Peninsula.

Features include:

  • A comprehensive approach to the different languages and cultural traditions of the Iberian Peninsula;
  • Five chronological sections spanning the period from the Middle Ages to the 21st century;
  • A state-of-the-art account of the field, reaffirming Iberian Studies as a dynamic and evolving discipline with promising areas for future research;
  • An array of topics of an interdisciplinary nature (history and politics, language and literature, cultural studies and visual arts), focusing on the cultural distinctiveness of Iberian traditions;
  • New perspectives and avenues of inquiry that aim to promote a comparative mode within Iberian Studies and Hispanism.

The fifty authoritative, original essays will provide readers with a diverse cross-section of texts that will enrich their knowledge of Iberian Studies from an international perspective.


"A remarkable collection of in-depth essays on a vast array of topics relating to Iberian cultures across the ages. Rather than focusing on Spain as an isolated unit, this book encourages readers to view Iberia as a whole—a multifaceted, multicultural entity in which diverse languages, traditions, and histories come into play. Interdisciplinary in concept, it includes essays on politics and art, literature and geography, economics and religion, history and visual culture by acclaimed experts from both sides of the Atlantic. The articles on Irish cultural influences in Spanish are particularly refreshing. The articles on women during different periods of Iberian history help to provide a comprehensive view of Iberian society. Also extremely innovative are the sections on twentieth and twenty-first-century Iberia, which offer not only a new look at the rise of fascism and the civil war, but also groundbreaking work on Spanish film, television and popular literature, including comics. This is a book that all Hispanicists will want to have on their bookshelves." -Professor Barbara Mujica, Georgetown University, USA

"A timely and engaging exploration of the new mapping of the field. In less than a decade, the debate about the need to shelve monologic and monolithic versions of Hispanism and replace them with a more plural relational approach has taken centre stage. There is growing consensus that the cultural, historical and political complexity of the territory cannot be addressed within traditional disciplinary borders with the old methodological tools. This book is a response to demands to put the reconfiguration of the field into practice. Many of the leading scholars in Iberian Studies have contributed to this monumental collection that demonstrates the justification and rewards of a comparative perspective. It derives some fruitful lessons from the application of the premises of Comparative Literature to the internal differences and tensions in the Peninsula, and to the interaction between forms of cultural production. The most complete picture of the landscape is thus achieved by means of a prismatic composition: the sum of diverse fragments gives us a view of the whole." - Professor Antonio Monegal, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

"A superbly rich collection of 50 articles by scholars deploying multiple approaches to the diverse cultures of Iberia, medieval to present day. A few samples: a witty history of the Camino de Santiago; articles on translation, medieval, Franco era and present day; on medieval hermeneutics and premodern subjectivity in the Libro de buen amor; on Alvar Núñez and sixteenth-century mapping; on blood (im)purity in Iberia and Iberian colonies; on paintings of the morisco expulsion; rehearsal scenes and the comedia as prompt book for a changing society; on Icarus and Phaethon in Golden Age cultural production; on Enlightenment painting; on women writers--medieval convent voices, Enlightenment Hispano-Irishwomen, Rosalía de Castro, and female detective novels; on the rise and demise of Iberian empires, on civil wars, nation formations,changing political vocabularies, city planning, Basque and Catalán cultures, cinema and graphic novels; and much, much more to savor. In all, an excellent contribution to the several fields of Hispanic studies, and given its interdisciplinary focus, to students and scholars in history, translation studies, art history, theater studies, women’s studies, political science and cultural anthropology as well." - Professor Margaret R. Greer, Duke University, USA

"This impressive book is an essential tool for research in Iberian Studies. The wide range of topics that are dealt with in this Companion constitutes a highly comprehensive view of Iberian history, politics and culture together with literature and visual arts. With contributions written by most prestigious scholars, the Companion offers a complete exploration of key topics from a systematic and historical perspective, providing a comparative foundation for the understanding of a complex reality. The depth of the articles makes it possible to read each contribution both as a coherent part of a whole and as a single work. The variety of topics guarantees the usefulness of this indispensable volume for all readers and researchers in Iberian culture." - Professor Tomás Albaladejo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

"Following Resina’s pioneering call for a more transnational understanding of the Iberian condition, these 50 essays, by scholars of different lands and generations, fully succeed at breaking traditional academic barriers and hierarchies: The Companion, organized chronologically from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century, explores, often in comparative fashion, the complex political, cultural–visual/textual–, social and historical tapestry of the Peninsula, unconstrained by language, field, nationality, gender or race. Moreover, the notion of "Iberian Studies," born in the era of globalization, is not here another form of compartmentalization, for it necessarily interacts with other "studies" and their modes of analysis. Media Studies, Afro-Iberian Studies, Visual Studies, and Global studies, among others, become commensurate and indispensable interlocutors. Such equitable dialogue is particularly illuminating when its subjects traverse or confront by definition multiple languages and territories: pilgrimage, nationalism, empire, cartography, emigration/exile and, repeatedly, translation, as much from a "foreign" language as between "national languages." -Professor Luis Fernández Cifuentes, Harvard University, USA

Table of Contents

PART I - Medieval Iberia (8th-15th Centuries)

History, Politics and Cultural Studies

1 Festive Traditions in Castile and Aragon in the Late Middle Ages: Ceremonies and Symbols of Power TEOFILO F. RUIZ 2 Faith and Footpaths: Pilgrimage in Medieval Iberia GEORGE D. GREENIA 3 Before the Reconquista: Frontier Relations in Medieval Iberia, 718–1031 JONATHAN JARRETT 4 The Faiths of Abraham in Medieval Iberia JOHN EDWARDS 5 Medieval Iberian Cultures in Contact: Iberian Cultural Production as Translation and Adaptation MICHELLE M. HAMILTON

Literature and Visual Culture

6 Court and Convent: Senses and Spirituality in Hispanic Medieval Women’s Writing LESLEY K. TWOMEY 7 An Interstitial History of Medieval Iberian Poetry DAVID A. WACKS 8 Revisiting the History of Medieval Translation in the Iberian Peninsula JULIO-CÉSAR SANTOYO 9 Subjectivity and Hermeneutics in Medieval Iberia: The Example of the Libro de buen amor ROBERT FOLGER 10 Patrons, Artists and Audiences in the Making of Visual Culture in Medieval Iberia (11th-13th Centuries) MANUEL CASTIÑEIRAS

PART II - The Iberian Peninsula in the Golden Age (16th and 17th Centuries)

History, Politics and Cultural Studies

11 The Early Modern Iberian Empires: Emulation, Alliance, Competition ALEXANDER PONSEN AND ANTONIO FEROS 12 The Iberian Inquisitions in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: Between Coercion and Accommodation HELEN RAWLINGS 13 The Way Behind and the Way Ahead: Cartography and the State of Spain in Cabeza de Vaca’s Relación KATHRYN M. MAYERS 14 Purity and Impurity of Blood in Early Modern Iberia RACHEL L. BURK 15 The Expulsion of the Moriscos: Seven Monumental Paintings from the Kingdom of Valencia E. MICHAEL GERLI

Literature and Visual Culture

16 The Influence of Tirant lo Blanch on Golden Age Authors ROSA NAVARRO DURÁN 17 Women from the Periphery in Don Quixote: Ekphrasis versus Counter-Narrative FREDERICK A. DE ARMAS 18 "Para tiempos de veras / se ejercitan en las burlas:" Some Uses of Rehearsal on the Golden Age Stage JONATHAN THACKER 19 Iberian Myths and American History in Balbuena’s El Bernardo RODRIGO CACHO CASAL 20 Fallen Idols? Vice and Virtue in the Iconography of Icarus and Phaethon RICHARD RABONE

PART III - The Iberian Peninsula in the 18th and 19th Centuries

History, Politics and Cultural Studies

21 Hispano-Irish Women Writers of Spain’s Late Enlightenment Period ELIZABETH FRANKLIN LEWIS 22 The End of Empire and the Birth of the Modern Nation, 1808-1868 JESÚS CRUZ 23 Carlists against Liberalism: Counter-Revolution in the Iberian Peninsula during the Nineteenth Century JORDI CANAL 24 From Patriotism to Liberalism: Political Concepts in Revolution JAVIER FERNÁNDEZ SEBASTIÁN 25 The Modern City, 1850-1900: Urban Planning and Urban Culture in Barcelona, Madrid and Bilbao BENJAMIN FRASER

Literature and Visual Culture

26 Building Nations through Words: Iberian Identities in 19th-Century Literary Historiography SANTIAGO PÉREZ ISASI 27 The Poetized Peopling of Nineteenth-Century Spain/s RONALD PUPPO 28 Death and the Crisis of Representation in Narcís Oller’s La febre d’or and Pérez Galdós’s La de Bringas ELISA MARTÍ-LÓPEZ 29 Performing the Peninsula: Costumbrismo and the Theatre of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries ALBERTO ROMERO FERRER 30 Painting in the Spanish Enlightenment: Artists at Court and in the Academy ANDREW SCHULZ

PART IV - The Iberian Peninsula during the 20th Century

History, Politics and Cultural Studies

31 The Idea of Empire in Portuguese and Spanish Life, 1890-1975 FILIPE RIBEIRO DE MENESES 32 The Fate of Spain’s "Nationalisms" during the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 GEORGE ESENWEIN 33 Beyond the Nation: Spanish Civil War Exile and the Problem of Iberian Cultural History SEBASTIAAN FABER 34 Translation and Censorship under Franco and Salazar: Irish Theatre on Iberian Stages RAQUEL MERINO-ÁLVAREZ 35 Unsettling the Iberian Transitions to Democracy of the 1970s PAMELA RADCLIFF

Literature and Visual Culture

36 Buñuel, Lorca, and Dalí: A New Tradition AGUSTÍN SÁNCHEZ VIDAL 37 Reclaiming the Goods: Rendering Spanish-Language Writing into Catalan and Galician MARÍA LIÑEIRA 38 Postwar Spanish Fiction and the Pursuit of Spanish Reality DAVID K. HERZBERGER 39 Celluloid Consensus: A Comparative Approach to Film in Portugal during World War II ISABEL CAPELOA GIL 40 (Inter)national Spectres: Cinema in Mid-Twentieth-Century Iberia BRAD EPPS

PART V - Iberian Studies in the 21st Century

History, Politics and Cultural Studies

41 Pro-Sovereignty Politics in Catalonia and the Basque Country: Are the Two Cases Comparable? RICHARD GILLESPIE 42 Going Global: The International Journey of Basque Culture and Literature MARI JOSE OLAZIREGI 43 Democracy, Indignados, and the Republican Tradition in Spain JOSÉ LUIS MARTÍ 44 Mediatizing a Past of Conflict. The Spanish Civil War through TV Documentaries in the Twenty-First Century ENRIC CASTELLÓ 45 A Transmodern Approach to Afro-Iberian Literature CRISTIÁN H. RICCI

Literature and Visual Culture

46 Fermented Memory: The Intemperance of History in the Narrative of Ramón Saizarbitoria JOAN RAMON RESINA 47 Of Treasure Maps and Dictionaries: Searching for Home in Carlota Fainberg, Bilbao-New York-Bilbao and L’últim patriarca LAURA LONSDALE 48 Rewriting the Iberian Female Detective: Deciphering Truth, Memory, and Identity in the Twenty-First-Century Novel ANTONIA DELGADO-POUST 49 Reflexivity in Iberian Documentary Film SAMUEL AMAGO 50 Human Memory and the Act of Remembering in Contemporary Iberian Graphic Novels JAVIER MUÑOZ-BASOLS AND MICAELA MUÑOZ-CALVO

About the Editors

Javier Muñoz-Basols is Senior Instructor in Spanish and Co-ordinator of the Spanish language programme at the University of Oxford.

Laura Lonsdale is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Oxford and Fellow of The Queen’s College.

Manuel Delgado is Professor of Spanish at Bucknell University.

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