Name: Peter Haysom
PhD: Portuguese & Lusophone Studies
Thesis Title: Regionalism(s) and Resistance(?): Geography, ideology and power in the twentieth-century Portuguese novel
My thesis will consider the importance of regional identity in Portuguese novels of the 20th Century, framing “regionalism” as an ideological project as opposed to a purely aesthetic choice employed by Portuguese authors of that period. Considering changing political attitudes to central Government within 20th Century Portugal, as well as broader circumstances of social and economic change in the context of increasing globalisation, this comparative research will study the role of the region in informing Portuguese cultural identity through novels.
This project will contemplate political theory and ideas of hegemony, in order to explore the tensions between centres and margins, urban and rural communities and capitals and “provinces”. The relevance of this research lies in the ongoing controversy in Portugal concerning de-centralisation and the intervention of Lisbon’s government in marginal rural areas, as well as broader cultural divisions in Western nations between so-called “metropolitan elites” and the values of local/regional communities. My thesis aims to contribute to these current debates by evaluating regional identities in a geographically small, and yet diverse, European nation.
Supervisors and Institution(s):
Dr Mark Sabine (University of Nottingham); Dr Rui Miranda (University of Nottingham)
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