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Introduction: Creole Medievalism and Settler Postcolonial Studies

Nadia R. Altschul

in Geographies of Philological Knowledge

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226016214
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226016191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226016191.003.0001
Introduction: Creole Medievalism and Settler Postcolonial Studies

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This book, which is concerned with a critique of the national philologies and the national epic through the medievalist work of Andrés Bello, explains the parameters and relationships between the two in the nineteenth century. There is a generalized belief in an implicit alliance between studying the Middle Ages and the creation of cultural links with Europe. A self-critical, historiographical branch of medieval studies has been devoted to elucidating this connection, especially since the foundation of the journal Studies in Medievalism (SIM) in 1976. Scholars have not limited themselves to studying their “own nations” or the origins of their “own language,” and in the case of the more marginalized Iberian medievalism, it is not surprising to find that this scholarly periphery offers a good field in which to discern breaking points in self-referentiality. The disavowal of postcolonialism in Latin American studies brings another terminological discussion to the surface—the meaning and applicability of the term Latin America.

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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