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Imma Monsó: la narrativa de la ironia i la diferència

Lunati, Montserrat 2007. Imma Monsó: la narrativa de la ironia i la diferència. Capsa de Pandora, vol. 10. Vic, Spain: Eumo & Universitat de Vic.

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Abstract

This is the first monograph on Catalan writer Imma Monsó (1959), one of the most solid and innovative names in contemporary Hispanic narrative. It studies her novels and short stories published between 1996 and 2004 from a theory-orientated perspective. It contextualizes culturally and historically her literary production, considers conflictive aspects of the national/male Catalan canonical tradition, and suggests alternative tactics to inscribe female literary genealogies. Intertextual connections with other Catalan and European writers (mostly French, Monsó’s second language) are also thoroughly examined. The title of the book indicates the two main characteristics that define Monsó’s writing: a subtle but implacable ironic discourse with social and cultural undertones, and an inclusive representation of difference that questions the despotic duality of the hierarchical binaries which engender the figure of the Other. Imma Monsó’s fiction transforms female otherness into a space of resistance to hegemonic discourses and proposes new configurations of female subjectivity which reject the traditional victim mentality. Her topics include the feminist re-writing of canonical literary topics (such as female adultery, with a twist in the construction of the narrative voice), the mother-daughter relationship (representing, against tradition, the mother figure as a historical subject), the conflicts between remembering and forgetting (following Deleuze and Guattari’s radical anti-Oedipal viewpoint) or the textualisation of female cancer (with a pro-Sontag angle that fights against the cultural taboos around the illness). Lunati's critical approach to Monsó’s pragmatic irony draws on those feminist thinkers who establish complicities with postmodern strategies within a poststructuralist conception of language, identity and subjectivity.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Publisher: Eumo & Universitat de Vic
ISBN: 9788497662390
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:50
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3476

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