TitleIdentidades culturales y nacionalismos en la España de hoy
NameCabrera Serrano, Marta (author), Kim, Yeon-Soo (chair), Persin, Margaret (internal member), Zatlin, Phyllis (internal member), Del Pino, Jose Manuel (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
Andalusia (Spain)--Social life and customs,
DescriptionMy dissertation explores the construction of Andalusian cultural identity and its relationship to the political project of the Andalusian region in the context of national and diverse cultural identities in modern Spain. It is my goal to offer a new approach to the dynamics of political and cultural nationalism through the Andalusian case, and to contribute to the academic debate on nationalism, both in the Spanish case and in a global context. My research demonstrates how the Andalusian case, which does not completely fit into any theoretical model of nationalism, serves to put into question the problematic national identity of Spain after Franco's dictatorship and into the present, as well as the cultural mechanisms and devices used to preserve, manipulate, or question the construction of "Spanishness" in the twenty-first century.
The dissertation is divided into four chapters that deal with Spanish national and cultural identities in the twenty-first century as portrayed in cultural productions published in the past twenty years. Chapter one exposes the historical construction of Spanish nationalisms, displaying the differences that the Andalusian case presents in this panoramic review. Chapter two examines the diverse paths of other sub-State nationalisms in Spain, such as the Basque, the Catalan, and the Galician, which often exhibit a monolithic identity oppressed by state nationalism. While this is not the case in Andalusia, this contrast will establish a constructive debate over the use of cultural identities to justify political nationalisms, and critically examine the possibility to escape exclusive national identities within the Spanish nation-state. Chapter three intends a revision of the myths and stereotypes built around Andalusia and shows how its cultural identity has been co-opted as the principal cultural sign of the national identity. Finally, chapter four considers the possibility of a cultural nationalism in Andalusia through the analysis and interpretation of the various renderings of the Andalusian identity in films and narratives produced in the twenty-first century. These texts reveal the conflicts of the Andalusian region, trapped in folklore and tradition while attempting to redefine itself in the context of modern Spain.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references (p. 301-326)
Noteby Marta Cabrera Serrano
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
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