Catalan Narrative 1875-2015

Edited by Jordi Larios and Montserrat Lunati

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 16


28 September 2020  •  294pp

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Since 1714 Catalan culture has had a troubled relationship with the Spanish state, which sometimes tolerated and sometimes repressed it. Nevertheless Catalan writing experienced a renaissance in the 1830s, and by the turn of the century had formed bridges with wider European culture through Modernisme. Under the banner of Noucentisme's call to order, Catalan writing became institutionalised in the early 20th century, only to become a culture of resistance or exile again under the dictatorships of Primo de Rivera and Franco. After 1939, as after 1714, new forms of narrative only gradually emerged from a time of crisis, but led ultimately to a great blossoming of Catalan fiction after Spain's transition into democracy and membership of the European Union.

This invaluable volume applies a range of theoretical perspectives to the work of modern and contemporary Catalan writers, from Narcís Oller (1846-1930) to leading women writers such as Caterina Albert (1869-1966) and Mercè Rodoreda (1908-83) and to some of the postmodern masters — authors who, though valued by their fellow novelists across Europe, are still too little known outside Catalonia.

Jordi Larios is Professor of Spanish Studies at the University of St Andrews, and Montserrat Lunati is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff University and Honorary Reader at the University of St Andrews.


  • ‘Two attractive features of the volume are its richness and the way it brings to life the wide variety of works analysed. Critical theory figures strongly in a number of the articles, but it is employed carefully and sometimes subtly as a framework that enhances rather than obscures the narrative texts under discussion. Finally, the editors’ succinct Introduction intelligently, clearly, and deftly ties together the diverse strands of the book’s eclectic content, inviting the casual reader to explore further.’ — David George, Modern Language Review 117.3, July 2022, 514-15 (full text online)


Jordi Larios, Montserrat Lunati
Autopsies of Everyday Life: From Josep Carner to Marta Rojals (and Joan Todó)
Enric Bou
Walking through the World Republic of Letters: The Narrative Practice of Maria-Mercè Marçal
Helena Buffery
Multilingualism in Contemporary Catalan Narrative
Jordi Cornellà-Detrell
Reimagining the Catalan National Family in the Twenty-First-Century Historical Novel
Kathryn Crameri
Oedipus and the Spanish Crown: The Abject Imaginings of Guillem Viladot
P. Louise Johnson
Atopia and Irishmen in the Early Novels of Albert Sánchez Piñol
Dominic Keown
Caterina Albert’s Solitud: The Shepherd as Subject of Knowing
Jordi Larios
Mercè Rodoreda and Maria-Mercè Marçal as ‘specters granted a hospitable memory’ in Mercè Ibarz’s Fiction
Montserrat Lunati
The Magic of Money in Narcís Oller’s La febre d’or: Fraudulent Representation and the Blurring of Perception
Elisa Martí-López
Ethical and Aesthetic Revolt in Avel·lí Artís-Gener’s Prohibida l’evasió
Sílvia Mas i Sañé
Laughing on the Other Side: Humour in the Exile Narrative of Avel·lí Artís-Gener, Tísner
Rhiannon McGlade
Catalan Noucentisme and Narrative: From Discursive Analogy to Moral Anagogy
Josep Murgades
The Colour of the Heavens: Vision and Death in Five Twentieth-Century Catalan Authors
Joan Ramon Resina
Timely Matters in Jaume Cabré’s Jo confesso
Mario Santana
‘In my end is my beginning...’: Some Thoughts on Translating Raimon Casellas’s Els sots feréstecs
Alan Yates

Bibliography entry:

Larios, Jordi, and Montserrat Lunati (eds), Catalan Narrative 1875-2015, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 16 (Legenda, 2020)

First footnote reference: 35 Catalan Narrative 1875-2015, ed. by Jordi Larios and Montserrat Lunati, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 16 (Legenda, 2020), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Larios and Lunati, p. 47.

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Larios, Jordi, and Montserrat Lunati (eds). 2020. Catalan Narrative 1875-2015, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 16 (Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Larios and Lunati 2020: 21).

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