• Vicente Lledó-Guillem


This chapter suggests that the post-philological approach, based on the search of episodes of discontinuity and rupture in the history of the Catalan language, and the focus on metalinguistic texts advocated by a glottopolitical framework are both important to the future of philological studies. I argue that both post-philology and the study of metalinguistic texts from a political and ideological point of view could be considered examples of a renewed philological approach to the texts and cultures of the Medieval and Early Modern Periods. I point out that close reading as well as the meticulous analysis of texts are extremely relevant, so long as the notion of text is not limited to the verbal or written. I also point out that the topics and texts analyzed in this book are highly relevant to an understanding of the language ideologies observed in various recent events in Spain. I highlight the discussion about the classification of the Catalan language among the Romance languages that began in the first quarter of the twenty-first century; the designation of the language spoken in the Region of Valencia, Valencian, and how this label has given rise to political conflict beyond the Catalan-speaking area; and the intense debate around educational language policy and the naming of local varieties of Catalan spoken in the Balearic Islands. Finally, I note that the Catalan independence referendum of October 1, 2017 prompts us to recognize the significance of philology, understood as the cultural study of the past in an effort to understand the present.


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  • Vicente Lledó-Guillem
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  1. 1.Romance Languages and LiteratureHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA

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