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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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A Postnational Critique of Language

A Postnational Critique of Language

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Postnational Perspectives on Contemporary Hispanic Literature

Julio Ortega

Heike Scharm

University Press of Florida

This chapter argues that the Spanish language, including its literatures and cultures, is inherently postnational. For this reason, critical approaches based on transatlantic exchanges may unlock the creative potential of Hispanism’s multilingualism. These transatlantic dialogues aim to reconfigure the spatial organization of the world through a postnational language that reflects a paradigm of mixture (more so than mestizaje) and offers a cultural model based on heterogeneity. By citing examples of authors and literary works from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century written on both sides of the Atlantic, Ortega reminds us that the Spanish language and its literatures are not only the product of a melting pot of Iberian regionalisms (Galician, Basque, Catalan) but also of the indigenous languages of the Americas. In light of the challenges of globalization and a globalized market, this cultural territory establishes itself as a potential promise of compatibility and a new kind of modernity.

Keywords:   postnational language, mestizaje, Spanish language, globalization

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