Literature and Nationalism: the Mythologising of Chaucer and Cervantes

In collaboration with Dr Roberto Suazo Gomez, this project exposes the contested relationship between literature and nationalism of two iconic writers whose literary works have faced processes of transformation into national myths: the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer and the Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes.

Both Chaucer and Cervantes have been hailed as founding fathers of literature, whose works express the very essence and spirit of their respective languages and nations. However, contrary to this fantasy of purity supporting the emergence of modern national identities, both Chaucer and Cervantes responded to multilingual and multicultural contexts.

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