A literary perspective on the Catalonia crisis
In an article published yesterday in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Christian Claesson argues that the literary system in Spain reflects the tensions which have come to the surface in the recent political crisis. "Spanish literature" is notably taken to mean literature in Spanish rather than literature published in the country of Spain, thus excluding literature written in Basque, Catalan or Galician.
Claesson's individual project within the Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics programme seeks to establish a comparative understanding of the contemporary literatures in Spain, arguing for a postmonolingual approach to counteract the monolingual basis on which such literatures have often been studied. You can read more about his project here.