A Companion to Galician Culture by Helena Miguélez-Carballeira

By Helena Miguélez-Carballeira

Of the entire differentiated areas comprising modern Spain, Galicia is most likely the main deeply marked by way of political, monetary and cultural inequities during the centuries. in all probability as a result of absence of a nationally acutely aware neighborhood bourgeoisie and the enduringly colonial buildings informing Spanish-Galician financial and cultural kinfolk, procedures of nationwide building within the sector were patchily profitable. despite the fact that, Galicia's cultural distinctness is well recognisable to the observer, from the language spoken within the region---the modern variation of previous Galician-Portuguese---to the explicit sorts of the Galician outfitted panorama, with its special mix of indigenous, imported and hybrid components. the current quantity bargains English-language readers an in-depth creation to the necessary facets of Galician cultural historical past, from pre-historical instances to the current day. while awareness is given to the normal components of medieval tradition, language, modern heritage and politics, the e-book additionally privileges compelling modern views on cinema, structure, the town of Santiago de Compostela and the city characteristics of Galician tradition this present day. Helena Miguélez-Carballeira is a Senior Lecturer in Hispanic reviews at Bangor college, and Director of the Centre for Galician experiences in Wales

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Madrid: Cultura Hispánica, pp. 261–74. Mariño Paz, Ramón (1998). Historia da lingua galega. Santiago de Compostela: Sotelo Branco. Méndez Ferrín, Xosé Luís (1958). Percival e outras historias. Vigo: Galaxia. Mejía Ruiz, Carmen and López Valero, Mª. del Mar (1996–97). ‘Recreación medieval en Percival e outras historias (1958) de X. L. Méndez Ferrín y en Irmán Rei Artur (1987) de C. González Reigosa’, Revista de Lenguas y Literaturas Catalana, Gallega y Vasca, 5, pp. 277–96. Michon, Patricia (1991).

This decline in the literary use of Galician was accompanied by the loss of a significant proportion of the collective cultural heritage produced in the Middle Ages. Later on, however, Romantic values and aesthetics were to turn to the medieval past for inspiration to underwrite the various processes of national construction flourishing across Europe throughout the nineteenth century, with literature now seen as the expression of the Volksgeist of each nation. Galicia was no stranger to this movement and the Galician literary revival of the second half of the nineteenth century, referred to as the Rexurdimento, sought to unearth the splendours of the region’s medieval past.

Perhaps lesser known is the fact that already in 1841 Antonio Neira de Mosquera had published a short corpus of authors and cantigas in the periodical El idólatra de Galicia. Other figures of the Rexurdimento such as Andrés Martínez Salazar, José Villa-Amil Castro and Manuel Murguía himself contributed to the process of reconstructing a Galician literary canon derived from the rediscovery of these medieval texts. These important discoveries led to the artistic assimilation of the poetic resources of the medieval lyric right up until the early decades of the twentieth century.

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