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Before Babel. Global Media, Ethnic Hybridity, and Enjoyment in Basque Culture

GABILONDO, Joseba (1999) Before Babel. Global Media, Ethnic Hybridity, and Enjoyment in Basque Culture. Revista Internacional de los Estudios Vascos = Nazioarteko Eusko Ikaskuntzen Aldizkaria = Revue Internationale des Etudes Basques (44). pp. 7-49. ISSN 0212-7016

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Abstract

This article traces the ways in which Basque language and culture have historically situated themselves before modernization (Babel) as a way to approach their contemporary location in front of globalization. By analyzing three different media (literature, television, museums), this article concludes that Basque culture is being hybridated with globalization in ways that resituate it beyond both Basque and Spanish nationalisms as well as their hegemonic subject structures. The article focuses on the relationships between three new emerging subject positions (the post colonial immigrant, the male homosexual, and the new woman) and the historically hegemonic nationalist one. The article concludes that the effects of the new globalized position of Basque culture are mixed but nevertheless represent a continuity rather than a break in history and culture because of the pre-modern and pre-nationalist foundation of Basque culture. The article proposes new tools to understand this continuity in politically productive ways while challenging reductivist understandings of globalization: jouissance, hybridity, and ruins.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information: Tribuna
Uncontrolled Keywords:Literatura vasca
Subjects:Sciences of Arts and Letters > Literary theory, analysis and criticism
ID Code:3278
Deposited On:03 Oct 2008 16:47
Last Modified:03 Oct 2008 19:33
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