A COMPANION TO GALICIAN CULTURE

Edited by HELENA MIGUÉLEZ-CARBALLEIRA
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Of all the differentiated regions of contemporary Spain, Galicia is the most deeply marked by political, economic and cultural inequities throughout the centuries. Possibly due to the absence of a nationally aware local bourgeoisie and the enduringly colonial structures informing Spanish-Galician relations, processes of national construction have been patchily successful. However, Galicia’s cultural distinctness is easily recognisable, from the language spoken in the region to the specific forms of the built landscape. This volume offers an in-depth introduction to the integral aspects of Galician cultural history, from pre-historical times to the present day. While attention is given to the traditional areas of medieval culture, language, contemporary history and politics, the book also provides perspectives on cinema, architecture and the city of Santiago de Compostela.