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dc.contributor.authorEvans, David Elwyn
dc.identifier.citationEvans , D E 2021 , ' Myths of authenticity and cultural performance : Breton identity in the poetry anthology 1839-2000 ' , Nottingham French Studies , vol. 60 , no. 2 , pp. 159-174 .
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dc.description.abstractThis article examines the various constructions of Breton identity in twelve anthologies of poetry revealing three broad conceptual phases: celebration of an essential ethno-cultural otherness which nonetheless belongs within the French Republic (1830–1918), calls for independence which harness pan-Celtic or postcolonial discourses (1919–71), and a playful, performative notion of identity based on cultural affinity, inclusive of incomers (1976–2000). I focus on strategies of editorial framing which, in each phase, insist on the apartness, and the authenticity, of Breton expression. These anthological, quasi-anthropological projects both anticipate and encourage the reader’s touristic gaze, betraying anxieties about Brittany’s relationship to the nation within which it must negotiate a place. These negotiations are played out in texts which, in their use of the French language and French poetic forms, operate a constant dialogue with the national tradition, a mode of self-questioning to which the poem is particularly well suited.
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dc.subjectTouristic gazeen
dc.subjectP Philology. Linguisticsen
dc.subjectPB Modern European Languagesen
dc.titleMyths of authenticity and cultural performance : Breton identity in the poetry anthology 1839-2000en
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Frenchen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Contemporary Arten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Poetic Innovationen
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