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Nationalism, nation and territory: Jacint Verdaguer and the Catalan Renaixença

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Etherington, John Robert

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Abstract This paper seeks to explain the historic importance to Catalan nationalism of the nineteenth-century poet and priest, Jacint Verdaguer. In order to do so, rather than focus on his contribution – and that of the wider cultural revival, the Renaixença - to the development of the Catalan language as the basis for national political mobilisation, this paper argues that we cannot fully understand Verdaguer’s importance without reference to his role in constructing a geographical narrative linking nation and territory. At the same time, given that national meanings are always contested, the paper proposes a dialectical approach to nationalism that situates the work of writers within the context of power struggles between social groups. Consequently, Veradguer’s centrality to Catalan nationalism is ultimately explained by his role in producing a geographical narrative capable of attracting important sectors of rural Catalonia to the hegemonic project of the industrial bourgeoisie.
Thesaurusschlagwörter nation
Klassifikation politische Willensbildung, politische Soziologie, politische Kultur; Literaturwissenschaft, Sprachwissenschaft, Linguistik; Sozialgeschichte, historische Sozialforschung
Freie Schlagwörter Nationalism; Territory; Catalonia; Verdaguer; Historic Bloc
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2010
Seitenangabe S. 1814-1832
Zeitschriftentitel Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33 (2010) 10
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419871003789887
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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