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Escribir la catalanidad : Lengua e identidades culturales en by Stewart King

By Stewart King

This learn, charting the development of a Catalan identification from the nineteenth-century cultural renaissance till the current day, explores the interplay of language, tradition and identification in modern Catalonia. Drawing on postcolonial and multicultural literary theories, it argues that Castilian- and Catalan-language narratives are expressions of an analogous tradition. via certain analyses of texts by means of Terenci Moix, Francisco Candel, Ignasi Riera, Montserrat Roig, Juan Mars?, Ramon Pallic?, and Manuel V?zquez Montalb?n, between others, the writer demonstrates that such writers proportion related preoccupations and issues of view and in addition have interaction in a posh literary and cultural discussion that cuts around the confirmed linguistic divisions that characterise cultural politics in Catalonia. The Catalan literary establishment's exclusion of Castilian as a language able to expressing 'Catalan-ness' is challenged and the writer proposes redefining conventional understandings of Catalan literature take into consideration texts produced via all individuals of Catalan society.

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A través de ellos, la dictadura articulaba su visión del estado y a la vez acallaba los discursos alternativos. La habilidad de éstos para representar un panorama diferente del que promovió Franco se complicaba por el hecho de que muchos intelectuales y escritores optaron por exiliarse en lugar de vivir bajo el nuevo régimen. El filólogo Pompeu Fabra, los historiadores Ferran Soldevila y Antoni Rovira i Virgili, y los escritores Mercè Rodoreda y Pere Calders son algunos de los que tuvieron que marcharse, primero, a Francia y, posteriormente, en muchos casos, a América Latina.

También, desde luego, fue la época en la que Cataluña no vivió bajo la dominación castellana. La influencia del romanticismo conservador e historicista es patente en el número de novelas históricas ambientadas en el contexto catalán y de libros que tratan la historia catalana centrada específicamente en la Edad Media. En el campo de la literatura, el caso de Juan Cortada es bien indicativo de este fenómeno. 2 Al mismo tiempo, se publicaron libros o revistas de historia, como Los condes de Barcelona vindicados (1836), de Pròsper de Bofarull, los primeros dos volúmenes de Recuerdos y bellezas de España (1839–50), de Pablo Piferrer, Historia de Cataluña y de la Corona de Aragon (1860–3), de Víctor Balaguer, y la Revista de Cataluña, que apareció por vez primera en 1862.

Mientras esta transformación se realiza, la principal fuente de sus ingresos –la vida agrícola– se disipa debido a una plaga de filoxera que destruye las raíces de sus viñas. Como resultado de la plaga y las deudas de juego de Marçal, la familia Noradell se encuentra en un gran apuro. Marçal huye ‘d’aquella terra maleïda’ –Castilla– y vuelve a la casa pairal. Una vez allí, tiene que hipotecar sus tierras y casas, vender el ganado y otras cosas de valor. Caído de su alto estado, Marçal se ve reducido a trabajar la tierra como un pagès pobre (103, 165).

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