Catalan Review

EL COS ENTRE NÉIXER, DESNÉIXER I MORIR A MERCÈ RODOREDA, MARIA-MERCÈ MARÇAL I IMMA MONSÓ

Catalan Review (2016), 30, (1), 131–146.

Abstract

This article brings together the first chapter of La plaça del Diamant by Mercè Rodoreda; the poems which deal with the mother figure in Maria-Mercè Marçal’s posthumous collection Raó del cos; and a key part of Imma Monsó’s novel Un home de paraula, in which the narrator’s beloved husband suddenly dies in front of her eyes. The three texts are analyzed through meaningful intertextual connections regarding the representation of the body and the problematic space for the maternal in Western culture. Moreover, they are identified as narratives of mourning in a way that problematizes the Freudian distinction between the supposedly healthy process of mourning and the allegedly pathological process of melancholia.

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