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Forever in Galicia? Castelao and the Homeland Made in Exile

Patterson, Craig 2012. Forever in Galicia? Castelao and the Homeland Made in Exile. Forum for Modern Language Studies 48 (1) , pp. 86-98. 10.1093/fmls/cqr042

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Sempre en Galiza, by Alfonso Rodríguez Castelao, is an idiosyncratic text that both spans and erodes the traditional genres of memoir, political treatise, historical essay, revisionist analysis and constitutional programme for an imagined community. This article assesses the changes in timbre in Castelao's political and cultural outlook according to the geographical and psychological stages of his long journey into exile. It analyses the range and depth of metaphor and symbology employed by the Galician writer in his continually revised map for a post-Civil and post-Second World War Galicia and Iberia. In particular, through careful reference to diaspora and postcolonial theory, it identifies the constants of Castelao's relationship with his homeland and contrasts these with the inevitable modification of his ideas brought about by events on an international scale. It also examines the diasporic trauma that conditions the exile's relationship to the complex matrix of nation, territory and culture. It concludes that as a result of exilic experience, Castelao departs from essentialist notions of Galician identity, and moves towards acceptance of a broader notion and more flexible paradigm of Galician identity that is similar to what is today regarded as the ‘global’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords: Galicia; Galician Studies; Castelao, Alfonso Rodríguez; exile; diaspora; Xeración Nós; Hispanic Studies; postcolonialism; travel literature
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0015-8518
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 23:06

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