Josep Pla: Seeing the World in the Form of Articles

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2017 - 312 pages

Josep Pla is Catalonia's foremost twentieth-century prose writer. He witnessed and wrote about some of the twentieth-century's most notable events including the Spanish Civil War and the foundation of the state of Israel. Due to a lack of translations of his work he is only now being discovered by the international audience and will soon join the ranks of major realist writers in world literature.

In Josep Pla, Joan Ramon Resina teases out the writer's deep-seated intellectual concerns and challenges the assumption of Pla as an anti-intellectual. Resina condenses Pla's forty-seven volumes of work, including travel books, narrative fiction, and history, into eleven thematic units: including time, memory, perception, life, religion, metaphysics, utopia, and self-delusion. Resina acutely explores the writer's authorial gaze and invites the reader to see the world through the eyes of one of the most underappreciated observers and writers of the twentieth-century.

 

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Contents

1 Journalism as Literary Praxis
3
2 Journalism on the High End
20
Between Chronicle and Memoir
42
4 Difficulty of the Novel
67
5 Rural Roots of Catalan Modernity
104
6 The Catalan Landscape Seen as a Painting
122
7 Remembering the Region
147
8 Shipwrecks with Monsters
162
9 A Sui Generis Liberal
187
10 Of Women and Days
231
11 Encroaching Death
261
Works Cited
289
Index
301
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About the author (2017)

Joan Ramon Resina is a professor in the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures as well as the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University.

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