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The monolingualism of identity or aporias from the end of the world: (indicial notes on Fogo cruzado)

Vidal Bouzon, Álvaro J.

Authors

Álvaro J. Vidal Bouzon Alvaro.Vidal@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

In 1989 the collection of drawings and short-stories in Galizan-Portuguese Fogo cruzado was published with an untitled and introductory non-literary text prepared by its authors. The process of its creation, publishing and reception was an extreme expression of the struggles determining cultural production in Galiza.

In this introductory piece, a collective authorship proclaims the impossibility of Galizan literature. The text articulates two dominant structural lines in the relationships of the Iberian peoples, a paradigm of which is Galizan society: the absolute uncaninness of an unheimlich Portugal for Spain; the sinister implications of that condition for history, societies and cultures in the Peninsula.

The most obvious crystalization of that structure is the sociolinguistic condition (especially in terms of standardization policies) of Portuguese in Galiza. This structure is determined by a double bind mechanism within the practices of, above all, intellectuals and politicians.

The prefatory text of Fogo cruzado is written in the long shadow of a Berlin Wall in imminent collapse, being the final spectacular effect of capitalism’s restructuring of its productive and reproductive spheres. In such a context, literature, as it has been progressively constituted by the rise of capitalism, is becoming more and more an archaelogical object.

This article proposes an aporetic approach to the impossibility of Galizan literature as constituting a paradigm for any national literary production at the end of the century. However, that paradigmatic effect is the specific result of the dislocation of a productive general condition: a non-literature within a defective nation and an excessive State.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2002
Journal Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies
Print ISSN 1463-6204
Electronic ISSN 1463-6204
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 2
APA6 Citation Vidal Bouzon, Á. J. (2002). The monolingualism of identity or aporias from the end of the world: (indicial notes on Fogo cruzado). Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 3(2), doi:10.1080/1463620022000013983
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/1463620022000013983
Keywords National identity, National literature, Nationalism, Spain, Galicia
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1463620022000013983
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information The Version of
Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 2002 http://www.tandfonline....080/1463620022000013983

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