Dr Montserrat Lunati (Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Cardiff University and Honorary Reader at the University of St Andrews)
‘Writing his way through grief in Scottish Gaelic: Christopher Whyte’s elegy to Maria-Mercè Marçal’.
In 1998, Catalan poet Maria-Mercè Marçal died of cancer, aged 45. At that time, Scottish writer and academic Christopher Whyte was living in Barcelona. They had been close friends through her illness and, after her death, he wrote a long mourning poem in Scottish Gaelic, the language he favours for his poetry. My paper, which is indebted to Jacques Derrida’s views on death, mourning and friendship, will focus on this poem whose title is ‘Leabhar Nach Deach A Sgrìobhadh: In memoriam Maria-Mercè Marçal, 11.XI.1952-5.VII.1998’ [‘A Book Unwritten: In memoriam Maria-Mercè Marçal, 11.XI.1952-5.VII.1998’]
Thursday 25 April 2019, 4pm
Venue: St Salvators Quad, room 31
‘Publishing in an academic journal’.
A talk by Professor Jordi Larios, founding co-editor of Tesserae, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies
When? Wednesday 3 April at 4pm
Where? Quad 31