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By Brittany Powell Kennedy

ISBN-10: 1628461977

ISBN-13: 9781628461978

For centuries, Spain and the South have stood out because the unheard of �other� inside of US and eu nationalisms. in the course of Franco�s regime and the Jim Crow period either violently asserted a haunting model of nationwide �selfhood.� either components shared a lack of attractiveness and a fraught relation with modernization and retained a feeling of defeat. Brittany Powell Kennedy explores this paradox no longer just to examine it seems that comparable cultures yet to bare how we build distinction round this self/other dichotomy. She charts a transatlantic hyperlink among cultures whose performances of �otherness� as assertions of �selfhood� enact and subvert their claims to exceptionality. might be the best instance of this transatlantic hyperlink is still the struggle of 1898, while the South attempted to extract itself from yet used to be implicated in US imperial growth and nation-building. concurrently, the South participated finally of Spain as an imperial power.

Given the warfare of 1898 as a climactic second, Kennedy explores the writings of these who come without delay after this era and who tried to �regenerate� what was once perceived as �traditional� in an agrarian prior. That wish recurs over the century in novels from writers as assorted as William Faulkner, Camilo Jos� Cela, Walker Percy, Eudora Welty, Federico Garc�a Lorca, and Ralph Ellison. As those writers combat with rules of Spain and the South, additionally they interact questions of the way nationwide id is affirmed and contested.

Kennedy compares those cultures around the 20th century to teach the ways that they show nationwide authenticity. therefore she explores not just Francoism and Jim Crow, yet diversified makes an attempt to outline nationhood through exceptionalism, suggesting a version of performativity that pertains to different �exceptional� geographies.

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