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Identities on the Move


Edited By Flocel Sabaté

This book contains selected papers from the meetings «To think the Identity» and «Identities on the move» held in the Institute for Research into Identities and Society (University of Lleida) during 2010. The aim is to understand the reasons that allow social cohesion throughout the creation of identities and its adaptation. Identity is individual and collective, momentary and secular, apparently contradictory terms that can only coexist and fructify if they entail a constant adaptation. Thus, in a changing world, the identities are always on the move and the continuity of society requires a permanent move. Values, Culture, Language and History show the societies in permanent evolution, and demand an interdisciplinary perspective for studying. Attending this scope, outstanding historians, sociologists, linguistics and scientists offer here a diachronic and interdisciplinary approach to this phenomenon: how men and women have been combining the identity and the move in order to feel save into a social life from Middle Ages to current days, and how different items, in our present society, built the framework of identities.
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Questions of artistic and personal identity in the interwar poetry of J.V. Foix: Montserrat Roser


Montserrat ROSER

University of Kent

J. V. Foix is one of those writers who defy conventional classification, not only due to the varied nature of his work but also because the writer plays with the identitary question, often changing his character.2

As Gabriel Ferrater once said, ‘For an author to be diverse is particularly irritating to the critic, because he scatters his playing cards’,3 and in the case of Foix critics have occupied themselves trying to rationalize him either by placing him within a tendency such as modernism or by contrasting him to the artists and other writers of his time. However, these attempts do not appear to have fully established what kind of identity his poems represent: that of J.V.Foix the citizen of Sarrià,4 that of Foix the avant garde writer, that of Foix editor and political commentator,5 that of Foix the poet, or that of a fictional character who did not personally get involved in any of the actions he described.

In 1929, in ‘Algunes reflexions sobre la pròpia literatura’, Foix himself provided certain explanations which, instead of clarifying his approach, I believe obfuscated the question even more. He told us: ← 267 | 268 →

Si m’acuso de la meva immoderació […] és perquè, en reflexionar sobre l’origen de la meva posició espiritual davant l’objectivació literària dels meus estats psíquics, de la meva indolència a evitar-la, del meu impudor a abandonar-la a ple carrer...

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