Estudia Catalans 8

The Myths of the Republic: Literature and Identity
Emili Samper (ed.)
2016; vi, 242 pp. Softcover; 15 x 21 cm.; inglés.
(Estudis Catalans 8)
ISBN: 978-3-944244-53-2
39,- €

The Myths of the Republic: Literature and Identity explores Catalan republican thinking through a series of writers and literary texts from the 19th and 20th centuries. The book has thirteen chapters distributed over two parts and features various specialists who analyse the contemporary points of reference for Catalan republicanism and their relation to the republican mythology and symbolism of Western culture during this period.

Roger Canadell studies the myth and the man who fought so hard for democracy in the middle of the 1800s: Josep Anselm Clavé. Magí Sunyer and Biel Sansano examine the ideological aspects of the theatre of the Democratic Six-Year period in Barcelona and Valencia, respectively. Pere Gabriel and Margalida Tomàs analyse features of Rossend Arús’ work, a combination of republicanism, free thinking and freemasonry. Emili Samper interprets the poetry of the quite singular folklorist and anarchist Cels Gomis. Josep M. Domingo and Anna Llovera study a book that is the key to understanding Apel·les Mestres, the republican “total artist” and internationalist. And Margarida Aritzeta relates the myth of Vilaniu, created by Narcís Oller, to republicanism.

Montserrat Palau and Montserrat Duch discuss the approaches of female republican writers. Carme Oriol shows that in this new setting folklore, which had been related to the reactionary side of Romanticism, finds its place as an element of identity and a tool for cultural development. Montserrat Corretger and Oriol Teixell delve into the situation of democratic ideals in the exile that followed the defeat in 1939 by focusing on writers such as Odó Hurtado, Joan Puig i Ferreter and Domènec Guansé. Alfons Gregori observes the nostalgia of the Republic in the narratives of Jesús Moncada.



Magí Sunyer: Literature and Republic — Roger Canadell: The construction of Republican myths in the work of Josep Anselm Clavé — Magí Sunyer: First Republican Theatre in Catalan: satires and parodies — Gabriel Sansano: First Spanish Republic and Society. Theatre in Valencia (1873-1874). A first approach — Josep M. Domingo & Anna Llovera: Enlightenments on the Modern Muse: Apel·les Mestres’s Llibre verd and Literature, 1874-1884 — Pere Gabriel: Commemorations in 1879-1881: Symbols, republicanism and Catalan nationalism. The case of Rossend Arús i Arderiu — Margalida Tomàs: An approach to the poetic work of Rossend Arús — Emili Samper: From Republicanism to Anarchism: the poetry of Cels Gomis — Margarida Aritzeta: The myth of Vilaniu and the First Spanish Republic — Carme Oriol: Catalan folk literature and Republican values: the contribution of Sara Llorens i Carreras — Montserrat Palau & Montserrat Duch: Women’s bodies, sexuality and the Republic — Montserrat Corretger: Odó Hurtado: a novelist with republican roots — Oriol Teixell: Between history and fiction: the epistolary relationship between Joan Puig i Ferreter and Domènec Guansé in republican exile (1949-1954) — Alfons Gregori: A head game or a debate about saints? Fantasy and references to republican ideology and policy in Jesús Moncada’s short stories — Authors and abstracts.

Emili Samper is a doctor in Catalan Philology and holds a Master’s Degree in Advanced Studies in Catalan Language, Literature and Culture. He specialises in the study of oral folk literature and in particular the life and work of the folklorist Cels Gomis i Mestre. He has written and edited monographs, research articles and several miscellaneous volumes on literature and folklore and is a member of the editorial board for the journal «Studies in Oral Folk Literature».

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