14 Feb 2013
Perhaps the author of this article should consider his own arrogance before he makes negative comments about nationalities and their pronounciations. Ahhh, to be so bold.
22 Feb 2013
Miguel Angel Martinez
I am afraid that you give too much credits to nationalist stereotypes. The marriage between Frnando ad Isabel, the Catholic Kings, was seen as natural as the union of too parts of a Hispania whose name comes from the phenicians (Hispania= "Is-hepam-im", "land of rabbits"). All poets and writers in the MIddle Age cried over the coming back of the old Hispania after reconquest of lost land in the hands of muslims.A Hispania with common Roman past, christian background and visigothic United Kingdom of Toledo ( 573 AC). CAtalan and Castilian, both diaklects of latin, close brother languages, that suffred the same arab influence ( despite bnationalists likings, all Spain was once under the rule of Musmlims, and no trace of Catalan culture was anywhere).
The feeling of language difference that you mention did not prevented that ,a s early as 1580, more books were printed in BArceliona in CAstilaian than in aAtalan. Don Quijote himsel,. in his everlasting book, visits Barcelona to see its publisher.
The allegedly strong feeling of difference only started as late as 1898, when in spanish-american Spain lost Cuba and Philippines, and the hig class burgueois of BArcelona lost their sugar and cotton ( and slaves trade). The "feeling" for CataluÃ±a was as waning as a famous anecdot shows: When news of war came in April 1898 to the Opera Theater where "LA Boheme" was played, the crowd jumped out to stop the play and asked the National Anthem to be played by orchestra, among strong shouts in favour of Spain , its Empire and the KIng of Spain. Only the feeling of their economic power and the lost of colonies made the oligarchic class of Barcelona to turn slowly to nationalism, whose groundings are not any old tradition , but a set of romantic cliches re-elaborated in the second part of XIX century.
This "feeling of difference" was ignored by the main intelectual and artists in CataluÃ±a. Not only Dali itself despised it but also Josep Pla, main writer, Albeniz and Granados, catalan musicians authors of the "spanish musvcal nationalism", writer Juan MarsÃ©...and so many more. CataluÃ±a is part of the big hispanic culture, whatever may wish catalan politicians and lobbies.