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The Ambiguity of the Periphery
Franz Kafka's concept of "small literature" is still very useful to understand literary productivity in conflict areas in Europe. Catalonia is always seen as a country that has yet to find its place in Spain. Its uniqueness, however, when compared with other "peripheral" areas, especially with the cultures of Central Europe, is not an exception, but part of a general pattern. In literary terms, the margins of Europe are not invisible: from this perspective it is possible to understand the rich literary heritage of this continent. The course aims to compare the Catalan with other European peripheries through paired readings of Catalan and various European texts from different linguistic traditions, such as the German, the Italian, the Greek, the Czech and the Swedish (Bernhard, Lampedusa, Cavafy, Kundera, Enquist). Taught in Spanish; most readings available in English.
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