Catalan Culture

Experimentation, Creative Imagination and the Relationship with Spain

Editor(s) Lloyd Hughes Davies,David Walters,John B. Hall

Language: English

Genre(s): Modern Languages

Series: Iberian and Latin American Studies

  • March 2018 · 240 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781786832016
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786832023
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786832030

About The Book

This volume presents studies of some of the key artistic manifestations in Catalonia in recent times, a period of innovation and experimentation, and addresses issues concerning literature, film, theatre and performance art. From the creation of a new popular theatre in the work of the Valencian playwright Rodolf Sirera, or the conception of landscape, myth and memory in the late work of the novelist Mercè Rodoreda and the urgency of memory and remembrance in the writings of Jordi Coca, the effects of censorship in Catalonia appear to have proved a spur and a challenge to writers. Desiring to occupy illegal spaces, performance groups have manifested both literally and metaphorically the international dimension of Catalan culture in the modern period, posed in the present volume by the instances of La Cubana and Els Joglars, and further evidenced in the cross-fertilization in the work of contemporary Catalan playwrights and filmmakers to foreground issues of national plurality and tensions arising between the periphery (Catalonia) and the centre (Spain and Castile).


Tabula Gratulatoria
Series Editors’ Foreword
Notes on contributors
Introduction D. Gareth Walters
A ‘Natural History’ of Return: Landscape, Myth and Memory in the Late Work of Mercè Rodoreda - Helena Buffery
‘La totalidad de la obra se representará en perfecto castellano’: Censorship of Theatre in Catalonia after the Civil War - Michael Thompson
Rodolf Sirera’s El verí del teatre (The Audition): Creating Performance, Reality and Politics On Stage - John London
‘Antes eterna o negra que rota’: ¡Ay, Carmela! and the Mythic Unity of Spain - Dominic Keown
‘… And the Great Bird of War Flew Past with Its Wings Outstretched’: The Aesthetic Recreation of Trauma in Jordi Coca’s Sota la pols (2001) - Jordi Cornellà-Detrell
Unmasking the Mask: Controversia del Toro y el Torero (Els Joglars, 2006) and the Craft of Theatremaking - Lourdes Orozco
On Influence, Tradition and Other Anxieties: Some Dilemmas of the Contemporary Catalan Stage - Sharon G. Feldman
La Cubana in the Twenty-first Century: The Popular and the Political - Maria M. Delgado

About the Editor(s)

Author(s): Lloyd Hughes Davies

Lloyd Hughes Davies teaches in the Department of Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting at Swansea University. His main area of interest is contemporary Spanish American literature, particularly the novels of Argentina and Colombia.

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Author(s): David Walters

D. Gareth Walters is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Swansea University.

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Author(s): John B. Hall

John B. Hall was Associate Fellow in the Department of Modern Languages, Translation and interpreting, at Swansea University.

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