By Brittany Powell Kennedy
For centuries, Spain and the South have stood out because the unparalleled �other� inside US and ecu 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 elegance and a fraught relation with modernization and retained a feeling of defeat. Brittany Powell Kennedy explores this paradox now not 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. probably the best instance of this transatlantic hyperlink is still the battle of 1898, while the South attempted to extract itself from yet used to be implicated in US imperial enlargement and nation-building. concurrently, the South participated finally of Spain as an imperial power.
Given the conflict 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 different as William Faulkner, Camilo Jos� Cela, Walker Percy, Eudora Welty, Federico Garc�a Lorca, and Ralph Ellison. As those writers strive against with principles of Spain and the South, in addition they have interaction questions of the way nationwide identification is affirmed and contested.
Kennedy compares those cultures around the 20th century to teach the ways that they exhibit nationwide authenticity. hence 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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