Writing Methods: Models of Literary Creation and Reception in the Work of Caterina Albert i Paradís/Víctor Català Public Deposited

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  • Good, Kate
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
  • This dissertation studies one of Catalonia’s most influential writers, Caterina Albert i Paradís (pseudonym Víctor Català) (1869-1966), within the context of early-twentieth century Hispano-Catalan literary society. It demonstrates how, in a predominantly male profession, Albert/Català and contemporary female writers in Spain and Latin America become the subjects of critical gossip and face gender-based critical restriction of their creative work. In the literary reception of these writers, allusions to their deviant bodies, gender identities, and sexualities distract and detract from more rigorous formal assessments of their works. I argue that Albert/Català puts forth models of literary creation and methods of reception in her novels, short stories, and correspondence that function to defend her artistic liberty and to counter a culture of gendered critique. In this way, this dissertation shows how Albert’s narrative methods of writing (and reading) worked to create a space for the creative expression of women writers in a rapidly modernizing nation. This research works to bridge the gap between Catalan and Spanish-language literature by calling attention to the contributions of a canonical author who remains—despite her many achievements—overlooked by critics in the Spanish and Anglo-American academies.
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  • Gómez Castellano, Irene
  • Arkinstall, Christine
  • González-Espitia, Juan Carlos
  • Guardiola, María Luisa
  • Amago, Samuel
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018

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