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Álvaro J Vidal Bouzon

Assistant Professor of Lusophone and Hispanic Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I have worked on the importance of language, language planning and language corpus for the constitution of modern national identities in the Iberian Peninsula, particularly in relation to Spanish Galiza (AKA Galicia), and have drawn as well on that sociolinguistic background to foreground my studies on the interfaces between writing (literary but not only), art, history and politics in contemporary Iberian societies. I am a member of one of the only three Academies of the Lusophone world, the Academia Galega da Língua Portuguesa, which together with the Academia das Ciências de Lisboa and the Academia Brasileira de Letras "looks after" the Portuguese language.

Teaching Summary

I teach modern and contemporary Lusophone and Hispanic literatures and contemporary politics.

Research Summary

I am about to complete a book on (the 'literary' and 'artistic') representation(s) of national identity in Galiza (AKA Galicia - currently, but perhaps partially, a so-called Autonomous Community in… read more

Current Research

I am about to complete a book on (the 'literary' and 'artistic') representation(s) of national identity in Galiza (AKA Galicia - currently, but perhaps partially, a so-called Autonomous Community in northwest Spain). I am also in the first stages of a study on how different generations of authors have represented/dealt with key socio-political issues and events in the Republic of Portugal and the Kingdom of Spain after their differently originated but comparably articulated 20th-century post-dictatorship processes. I intend to focus mainly on writing (including literary, essay and song-writing) but will be paying attention to other manifestations of (popular) culture (art, TV and film).

Past Research

Sociolinguistics (especially sociology of language and glossopolitics) was my first area of research/intervention, focusing particularly on the history and situation of, and the forms it has taken, the conflictive contact between Portuguese and Spanish in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula.

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