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Race in the Archives (Talk by Nahir I. Otaño Gracia)

February 24, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Nahir Otaño Gracia

La Faula and the Archives: Race, Violence, and Mallorca



Through an exploration of the Arthurian and Mallorcan literary archives, this talk explores how the fourteenth-century La faula by Guillem de Torroella claims Catalan chivalric superiority over that of France and England, in essence making space for Catalonia within European politics. Written in novas rimadas (1370- 1374) following the style of troubadour poetry, La faulais a fantastical autobiographical poem written in Catalan and a Catalan-French dialect. The narrator, a narrative version of the author, speaks Catalan, and King Arthur and Morgan le Fay respond to the narrator suposedly in French. The diglossia, as well as the Mediterranean setting of the poem (the narrator travels the Mediterranean from West to East), creates a liminal space within the poem for Arthur to claim Catalan chivalry as the future of European white supremacy.



Nahir I. Otaño Gracia is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Mexico. Thanks to a Mellon Fellowship, she is currently a member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, NJ. Her theoretical frameworks include translation theory and practice, the global North Atlantic (Britain, Iberia, and Scandinavia), and critical identity studies. Her scholarship has appeared in Comitatus, EnarratioLiterature Compass, and English Language Notes. Her current projects include a monograph entitled The Other Faces of Arthur: Medieval Arthurian Texts from the Global North Atlantic, and a co-edited volume entitled Women's Lives: Self-Representation, Reception, and Appropriation in the Middle Ages.



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