Interliterariness and the Literary Field: Catalan Literature and Literatures in Catalonia

Antoni Martí Monterde

in Iberian Modalities

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9781846318337
Published online January 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781846317880 | DOI:
Interliterariness and the Literary Field: Catalan Literature and Literatures in Catalonia

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This chapter proposes a revision of Dionyýz Ďurišin's concept of interliterary community and Pierre Bourdieu's concept of Field, in order to explain the possibilities of an inner comparative frame in Catalonia, in the context of Iberian peninsula. The main reflection by Ďurišin is a good framework to understand the place of Catalan literature within European literature in the twentieth century. But it is necessary to consider that interliterariness is deeply conditioned by tensions between the political, intellectual and literary fields. Catalonia develops a double interliterary process: on one hand, it belongs to the Iberian interliterary community, but on the other hand it relates to literatures written in Spanish in Catalonia and to an increasing number of works written in other languages there. In addition, Catalan literature has always been in functional proximity to European and American literatures. So a new definition of interliterary community from a Catalan point of view must take cognizance of the fact that Catalan literature relates to other literatures both outside and inside its nominal space, in a double dimension almost unique in Europe. In this respect, Catalan literature may play a key role in the contemporary redefinition of European cultural identity.

Keywords: Catalan Literature; Iberian Culture; European Literature; Comparative Literature; Interliterariness; Dionyýz Ďurišin

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Subjects: Cultural Studies

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