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In this groundbreaking study, Eloi Grasset analyzes at length and for the first time the influential participation of the renowned Catalan poet, editor, and translator Pere Gimferrer (b. 1945) in the reconfiguration of the cultural sphere in Spain and Catalonia after the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975).

Suzanne Jill Levine has had the vision and bravado to become a protagonist in the story of Latin American literature in English translation and to change it in the process, not only publishing biographies and translations, but also creating a mashup of autobiography and scholarship that’s totally original. Her versions of books by Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Severo Sarduy, and Manuel Puig are important to me because they enrich the resources of Anglophone literature with a reach extending beyond that of anything except the most critically acclaimed bestseller. When you read a Latin American novel in English, there’s a good chance you’re reading one of her translations. I think the work of Suzanne Jill Levine has an impact comparable to that of C. K. Scott Moncrieff’s Proust or Constance Garnett’s Dostoevsky—not only literary but cultural.

Antonio Cortijo Ocaña (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA) and Vicent Martines (ISIC-IVITRA, University of Alicante, Spain)
Recent political developments in Spain regarding Catalonia have prompted scholars from several disciplines to research the singularity of this region and of the territories of the old Crown of Aragon. Against the backdrop of the pro-independence movement, those in favor and against have insisted on the particularity or commonality of Catalonia and the Països Catalans (Catalan-speaking areas) within the Spanish State. From the Catalan point of view, their singularity is not sufficiently recognized, and respect for their institutions and their autonomy is at stake to the point that many prefer to secede from Spain. Singularity or its absence play a relevant role in the construction of identity, which seems to be key in understanding many Catalans' attitudes towards the central government, a fluid concept that allows for a variety of interpretations.

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