By Brittany Powell Kennedy
For centuries, Spain and the South have stood out because the remarkable �other� inside US and ecu nationalisms. in the course of Franco�s regime and the Jim Crow period either violently asserted a haunting model of nationwide �selfhood.� either components shared a lack of beauty and a fraught relation with modernization and retained a feeling of defeat. Brittany Powell Kennedy explores this paradox now not just to evaluate it sounds as if related cultures yet to bare how we build distinction round this self/other dichotomy. She charts a transatlantic hyperlink among cultures whose performances of �otherness� as assertions of �selfhood� enact and subvert their claims to exceptionality. might be the best instance of this transatlantic hyperlink is still the conflict of 1898, whilst the South attempted to extract itself from yet was once implicated in US imperial enlargement and nation-building. at the same time, the South participated in any case of Spain as an imperial power.
Given the warfare of 1898 as a climactic second, Kennedy explores the writings of these who come at once after this era and who tried to �regenerate� what was once perceived as �traditional� in an agrarian prior. That hope recurs over the century in novels from writers as various as William Faulkner, Camilo Jos� Cela, Walker Percy, Eudora Welty, Federico Garc�a Lorca, and Ralph Ellison. As those writers combat with rules of Spain and the South, additionally they have interaction questions of the way nationwide id is affirmed and contested.
Kennedy compares those cultures around the 20th century to teach the ways that they show nationwide authenticity. hence she explores not just Francoism and Jim Crow, yet diversified makes an attempt to outline nationhood through exceptionalism, suggesting a version of performativity that pertains to different �exceptional� geographies.