In Spain, the concept of Spanish literature has meant exclusively literature written by Spaniards in Castilian, but this is not necessarily the case when the country’s literature is regarded from an outside perspective. The last forty years have seen a slight change of attitude toward this state of affairs, partly in manuals of Spanish literary history, but especially from the perspective of Iberian Studies. Given that contemporary fiction in the five official languages of Spain concerns, represents and is produced in a shared national reality, would there be space for comparative, collaborative readings? Given the current political situation, where nationalist sentiments are as strong as ever, is another Spanish literature possible?

Christian Claesson, Associate professor, Hispanic Literatures Lund University

Christian Claesson is Associate Professor of Spanish at Lund University. He received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures, focusing on Latin American 20th and 21st century literature, from Harvard University in 2009 with the dissertation “The Role of the Author in Juan Carlos Onetti and Juan José Saer”. Since 2016, he has been a part of the research program “Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics in World Literatures” with his project “Towards a Comparative Understanding of the Contemporary Literatures in Spain”.

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