Introduction to a Postnational History of Contemporary Basque Literature (1978-2000)

Introduction to a Postnational History of Contemporary Basque Literature (1978-2000)

Remnants of the Nation

Joseba Gabilondo


Tamesis Books



A sophisticated introduction to contemporary Basque literature that chronicles its growth and success after the death of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.
By developing a new theory of postnationalism about the relationship between minor and major literatures, this book chronicles the growth and success of Basque literature after the death of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco (1975), and the historical and literary struggles that took place in its aftermath in order to achieve global recognition: the reduction of Basque literature to a representation of an exotic and magic place and people (the Basque Country), best exemplified by Bernardo Atxaga's novel Obabakoak (1988). The book also deploys postnationalist theory in order to chronicle the way in which women's literature challenged and changed this model in the 1990s and paved the way for what is now a complex and diverse literature.

JOSEBA GABILONDO is an Associate Professor in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, Michigan State University.


April 2019
337 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855663329
Format: Hardback
Tamesis Books
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Table of Contents

Introduction: On the English Translation
Postnationalism and Basque Literary History
Minor and Major Literatures: A Postnationalist Approach
From National to Postnational: A Postnational History of Twentieth-Century Basque Literature
Postcolonial and Postnational Literatures: Obabakoak (1988-92)
On Canon Formation: Ethiopia (1978)
The Legacy of Modernism: from Ethiopia to Obabakoak
Before Babel: Globalization, Ethnic Hybridity, and Enjoyment
Terrorism as Memory: Historical Novels and Masochist Masculinity
Maternal Exile: Women Writers, Cultural Politics, and Individual Utopia
Melancholic Migrancy: Writing a Postnational Lesbian Self
Nationalist Crisis: Women's Literature and Neoliberalism
Epilogue: Basque Literatures 2001-17
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