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The Event of Nationalism

Hart, SM; (2015) The Event of Nationalism. Bulletin of Spanish Studies , 92 (7) pp. 1113-1127. 10.1080/14753820.2015.1041330. Green open access

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Abstract

This essay focuses on the role played by a series of events and how they were interpreted to have a foundational meaning for the creation of Mexican identity, nationhood and statehood. It compares the creation of Mexican statehood with the portrayal of Cuban nationhood, via the use of the supernatural signification and resonance associated with saints and/or apparitions of the divine. The three test cases used in this study are, for Mexico, the Virgin of Guadalupe, and for Cuba, the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre and the Virgen de Regla. In each case the events on which a sense of nationhood were pinned operate in a dual sense in that their meaning was constructed retroactively. The work of the French philosopher, Alain Badiou, particularly his study, L’Être et l‘événement (1988), is brought to bear in an attempt to argue through how the originary events achieved political meaning over time and did so via a process of nomination.

Type: Article
Title: The Event of Nationalism
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14753820.2015.1041330
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14753820.2015.1041330
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Mexican identity, Mexican nationhood, Mexican statehood, Cuban nationhood, Virgin of Guadalupe, Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, Virgen de Regla, the event (Badiou)
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1548722
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