A Companion to Galician Culture

A Companion to Galician Culture

Edited by Helena Miguélez-Carballeira


Tamesis Books



The first in-depth yet accessible introduction to Galician history and culture for both lay and specialized readers.
Of all the differentiated regions comprising contemporary Spain, Galicia is possibly the most deeply marked by political, economic and cultural inequities throughout the centuries. Possibly due to the absence of a nationally aware local bourgeoisie and the enduringly colonial structures informing Spanish-Galician economic and cultural relations, processes of national construction in the region have been patchily successful. However, Galicia's cultural distinctness is easily recognisable to the observer, from the language spoken in the region---the contemporary variant of old Galician-Portuguese---to the specific forms of the Galician built landscape, with its unique mixture of indigenous, imported and hybrid elements.
The present volume offers English-language readers an in-depth introduction to the integral aspects of Galician cultural history, from pre-historical times to the present day. Whilst attention is given to the traditional areas of medieval culture, language, contemporary history and politics, the book also privileges compelling contemporary perspectives on cinema, architecture, the city of Santiago de Compostela and the urban qualities of Galician culture today.

Helena Miguélez-Carballeira is a Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Bangor University, and Director of the Centre for Galician Studies in Wales.


October 2014
245 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855662773
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Tamesis Books
BISAC LIT004280, SOC008000, SOC022000
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Table of Contents

An Introduction to Galician Culture - Helena Miguélez-Carballeira
Priests, Troubadours and Damsels: Galician Literature and Written Culture during the Middle Ages - Santiago Gutiérrez García
Contemporary Galicia: From Agrarian Crisis to High-Speed Trains - Xosé Ramón Veiga
Santiago de Compostela: Fact and Fetish - María Liñeira
The Galician Language in the Twenty-First Century - Bernadette O'Rourke
Bagpipes, Bouzoukis and Bodhráns: The Reinvention of Galician Folk Music - José Colmeiro
Galician Architecture: From Foundations to Roof - Xurxo Ayán Vila
Cinema in Galicia: Beyond an Interrupted History - Xan Gómez Viñas
The Rural, Urban and Global Spaces of Galician Culture - María Reimóndez
Rosalía de Castro: Life, Work and Afterlife - Helena Miguélez-Carballeira
Contemporary Galician Politics: The End of a Cycle? - Noa Rios Bergantinhos


This volume is especially welcome, as it offers an English language study of the culture of a region which has hitherto received little attention. . . . (S)hould also be of use both to undergraduates as well as research students gathering material for their dissertation . . . (and) to anyone with a general interest in Spanish cultural history. . . . REFERENCE REVIEWS

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