This book is an edited volume of eleven specially-commissioned essays by a range of established and emerging UK-based Hispanists, which assess recent developments in the disciplines falling under the umbrella of 'Iberian Studies'. These essays, which cover a wide range of time periods and geographical areas, but are united by the common question of what it means to 'Read Iberia', offer an invigorating critique of many of the critical assumptions shaping the study of Iberian languages and literatures. This volume offers a timely intervention into the debate about the current repositioning of language/literature disciplines within the UK university. Its intellectual starting point is the need for a committed and incisive re-evaluation of the role of literature and the way we teach and research it. The contributors address this issue from a diverse range of linguistic, cultural and theoretical backgrounds, drawing on both familiar and t-so-familiar texts and authors to question common reference points and critical assumptions. The volume offers t only a new and invigorating space for reimagining Iberian Studies from within, but also - through its commitment to interdisciplinary debate - an opportunity to raise the profile of Iberian Studies outside the community of academic Hispanists.
The Editors: Helena Buffery is a lecturer in Spanish and Catalan at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests are in Catalan Studies, Modern and Contemporary Hispanic Theatre and Performance and Translation Studies. She has published widely in these fields and is the author of Shakespeare in Catalan: Translation Imperialism (2007). Stuart Davis is a lecturer in Spanish at Girton and Clare Colleges, Cambridge and an Affiliated Lecturer in the University's Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He has published on the Spanish literary canon, Juan Goytisolo, Jorge Luis Borges, the 'Generacion X' and is currently working on a book on Contemporary Hispanic Writing and the Hispanic Canon. Kirsty Hooper is a lecturer in Spanish and Galician at the University of Liverpool. She has published widely on modern and contemporary Galician and Spanish cultural studies; in 2006 she edited a special Galician Studies issue of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, and her book on the Galician expatriate writer Sofia Casanova is forthcoming.