GABRIEL MIRÓ

AND CATALAN CULTURE

The Forging of the Literary Language

in the Context of his Poetics.

by

Frederic Barberŕ

(Lancaster University, United Kingdom)

 

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Miró was admired by several members of the Generación del 27, ‘discovered’ and enthusiastically promoted by Valéry Larbaud, translated into French and into English in his lifetime, and commented upon by Julio Cortázar as an innovator in early twentieth century Western narrative.

Frederic Barberŕ decided to study the forging of Gabriel Miró’s literary language in the context of his poetics for two main reasons. On the one hand, he wanted to explain how Miró, a writer born in an area where Castilian was virtually unspoken, had succeeded in forging such a rich literary language in Spanish. On the other hand, he found it necessary to shed light on the way in which the complexity and beauty of that literary language, unanimously acknowledged by Miró’s critics, was tightly linked to an ambitious poetics, ultimately responsible for one of the most modern narratives in Spanish in the early twentieth century.

The author examines both the surface and the hidden strands of Valencian in Miró’s work, from the meetings with the rural population in his early excursions to Guadalest and Parcent, to the integration of their culture and language into his own identity in Ańos y leguas, via his experience of the Catalan renaissance in Barcelona. He is also able to look at Miró’s language in his letters, where he finds both Catalan words and syntax. But the key importance of this work is that it does not simply assemble these findings but suggests meanings and values for Miró’s linguistic choices, and integrates these with the study of his poetics. Frederic Barberŕ has asked new questions and offered new readings in a genuinely original step forward in Mironian studies.

 

Frederic Barberŕ  received his  Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen and is currently a lecturer in Spanish Studies at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. He has recently published, “Catalan Culture and Politics: A Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Joan Barceló o l’ús počtic del codi narratiu.”

ISBN 1-931948-26-7

2004

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