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Postnational Perspectives on Contemporary Hispanic Literature$
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Heike Scharm and Natalia Matta-Jara

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054940

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054940.001.0001

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Space, Subjectivity, and Literary Studies in the Age of Globalization

Space, Subjectivity, and Literary Studies in the Age of Globalization

(p.29) 1 Space, Subjectivity, and Literary Studies in the Age of Globalization
Postnational Perspectives on Contemporary Hispanic Literature

Nil Santiáñez

University Press of Florida

Taking as a premise the view that the present is a transitional period toward what seems to be a new epoch, this chapter argues that discussions on literary studies vis-à-vis globalization ought to reflect on the new production of space that started in the 1980s and is now expanding throughout the globe. The processes of globalization go hand in hand with a new experience of space and with the formation of new subjectivities. These and related phenomena make it difficult, if not impossible, to approach national literary traditions as discrete objects of study. Santiáñez’s chapter contends that, in the same way that many individuals live the world transnationally, Hispanism needs to be practiced as if works and authors were nodes located in a space of flows that both includes and transcends the nation. While globalization has—so far—not brought about the end of the nation-state, it has redefined it. This redefinition—which in fact describes the new function as well as the loss of sovereignty of the nation-state in the age of globalization—requires from teachers and researchers trained to work on national literatures an in-depth, radical reassessment of their activities.

Keywords:   globalization, Hispanism, literary studies, national literary traditions

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