Political rivalry and friction between the Spanish periphery (Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, etc.) and its center (Castile) have dampened the study of the linguistic and literary relations between them. However, this collection of essays makes an important contribution to the study of the relations between Catalan and Castilian. Contributors include renowned Peninsular scholars, Lluis Alpera, Carles Duarte, Antoni Ferrando, Joan Triadu, and Francesc Vallverdu, and distinguished American professors Manuel Duran, Milton M. Azevedo, Jaime Ferran, Peter Cocozzella, and Edward J. Neugaard. The compendium is the fruit of the Fifth Catalan Symposium of the Center for Catalan Studies at The Catholic University of America and honors its director and Professor emeritus, Josep M. Sola-Sole, for his lifetime effort in support of the investigation of the interrelations of the different languages and literatures that have contributed and are still contributing to the real soul of Spain.
The Editor: Suzanne S. Hintz is an associate Professor of Spanish and Coordinator for Foreign Languages at Germanna Community College. She earned her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She has published diverse articles in professional journals both in the U.S. and abroad and has been an invited contributor to special editions on both Latin American and Catalan literature. She is the author of Rosario Ferre, A Search for Identity (Peter Lang, 1995), and she translated Josep M. Sola-Sole's Catalan novel, The War of the Christs and Emilia's Case (Peter Lang, 1992).