By Brittany Powell Kennedy
For centuries, Spain and the South have stood out because the remarkable �other� inside of US and eu 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 beauty and a fraught relation with modernization and retained a feeling of defeat. Brittany Powell Kennedy explores this paradox now not just to examine it appears related 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 continues to be the battle of 1898, whilst the South attempted to extract itself from yet used to be implicated in US imperial enlargement and nation-building. at the same time, the South participated finally of Spain as an imperial power.
Given the battle of 1898 as a climactic second, Kennedy explores the writings of these who come at once after this era and who tried to �regenerate� what used to be perceived as �traditional� in an agrarian earlier. That wish recurs over the century in novels from writers as assorted as William Faulkner, Camilo Jos� Cela, Walker Percy, Eudora Welty, Federico Garc�a Lorca, and Ralph Ellison. As those writers combat with rules of Spain and the South, additionally 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 show nationwide authenticity. therefore she explores not just Francoism and Jim Crow, yet assorted makes an attempt to outline nationhood through exceptionalism, suggesting a version of performativity that pertains to different �exceptional� geographies.
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