Catalan Review

"Tot L'enyor de Demà" and the Nostalgic Futurism of Joan Salvat-Papasseit

Catalan Review (2009), 23, (1), 53–69.

Abstract

Through a close reading of Salvat-Papasseit's poetic manifestos, the poem "Tot l'enyor de demà" and Marinetti's Futurist Manifesto, this article argues that Salvat-Papasseit created his own brand of Catalan Futurism, one imbued with enyorança and yet uttered with the language of the avant-garde. For Papasseit, "tomorrow" is not "novelty", being young does not have a literal but a spiritual meaning, and the future is not the chronological period that will follow today, but rather eternity. Ultimately, through his nostalgic Futurism, Salvat-Papasseit becomes once again the link that connects the foundational texts of Catalanism from the Renaixença with the modernist world of the avant-garde.

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