Talk: Antithetical Landscapes in Spanish and Catalan Nationalism

Event Date: 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Event Location: 

  • Mosher Alumni House - McCune Library

Event Price: 

This is a free event.

Event Contact: 

Eloi Grasset,

Antithetical Landscapes in Spanish and Catalan Nationalism
Prof. Joan Ramon Resina - Stanford University

Landscape is sometimes considered the product of human relations and economic activity. But it can also be an exercise in projection, the formation of what the psychological literature knows as a construct. Landscape can, in other words, serve as a screen to represent an abstract or ideological conception of the society that begets it. Such projections can turn an actual landscape into an idea, or they can idealize social relations in representations of the landscape. This lecture will examine the role of the landscape in the formalization of the two major ideas of nation in the Iberian Peninsula at the turn of the XIXth century, namely the myth of Castile created by the writers of the Generation of ’98 and the ideal of a classic Catalan country theorized by Noucentisme’s primary spokesman Eugeni d’Ors.

Joan Ramon Resina is Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Professor Resina specializes in modern European literatures and cultures with an emphasis on the Spanish and Catalan traditions. Professor Resina is most recently the author of The Ghost in the Constitution. Historical Memory and Denial in Spanish Society (Liverpool University Press, 2017).