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Catalan Studies: Literature & Film

Catalan Literature - Figures

Ramón Llull

Jacint Verdaguer



The literary production in Catalan boasts a rich production spanning 800 years (12th to 21st century). Starting in the Middle Ages, it reached a peak with a Golden Age in Valencian literature, followed by a Decadència, with a new emergence in the 19th (Renaixenca) and 20th centuries (Modernisme and Noucentisme). Today Catalan literature is active in all literary genres (poetry, novel, short story, and essay) with a promising future ahead. (Wikipedia entry)

Catalan Literature -Movements

La Renaixenca



Catalan Literature -Works

Online Resources

Websites dedicated to promoting Catalan literature

lletrA Catalan online literature

Fundació Paulí Bellet nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Catalan culture in the US

Catalan Films & TV (Consorci Catalan Films & TV)

Biblioteca Virtual Joan Lluis Vives

Association of Catalan Language Writers

Catalan Literature -Figures

Catalan Literature in the Crown of Aragon

Ramon Llull (c. 1232- c. 1315) The first major figure of Catalan literature, born in Majorca (Balearic Islands), was a philosopher, theologian, and logician in addition to writer (Wikipedia entry)

Ausiàs March (1400-1459) Valencian knight, one of the most important lyric poets of the Valencian Golden Age and of Catalan literature generally

Joanot Martorell (1413-1368) Valencian knight, author of Tirant lo Blanc, arguably the greatest novel in Catalan literature (mentioned in Cervantes' Don Quixote as one of the best chivalric romances ever written) (Wikipedia entry)

Jacint Verdaguer (1845-1902) (Wikipedia entry) A priest and prominent figure of the Renaixença, regarded the founding father of modern Catalan poetry 

Joan Maragall (1860-1911)   (Wikipedia entry) The foresmost figure of  modernisme (practice!), highly influenced by German-language authors such as Goethe, Novalis, and Nietzsche

Josep Pla (1897-1981) (Wikipedia entry) Journalist who worked in France, Italy, England, German, and Russia, arguably the most important prose writer in Catalan of the 20th century

Josep Vicenç Foix (1893-1987) Born in Sarrià (currently a neighbourhood in Barcelona), quit law studies and worked at his family' business (a bakery), while reading classic literature and writing poetry (Wikipedia entry)

Mercè Rodoreda (1908-1983) (Wikipedia entry) The most important novelist of the postwar (1936-1939) period, her most famous work La plaça del diamant ('The Time of the Doves') is the most acclaimed Catalan novel of all time

Pere Gimferrer

Quim Monzó (1952)