THIS PROJECT EXAMINES THE USES OF THE PAST in the discourses and representations belonging to the two main paradigms of contemporary Catalan culture in the second half of the twentieth century, and in the context of late Francoism, the restoration of the constitutional regime, and the recovery of the Generalitat de Catalunya. These two paradigms have been termed resistencialisme and normalització. The project focuses on the cultural production and activity of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, as well as on certain forms of cultural production of later years. It analyses the meaning that the past (for instance, Modernisme, Noucentisme, the republican period or the Civil War) acquires in the cultural discourses and representations of resistencialisme, and how this meaning is significantly transformed —or replaced by a focus on other historical periods— as the cultural and political discourses of normalització are being developed.

Our hypothesis is that this evolution in the discursive uses of the past is a crucial factor in the formulation of the various projects for the institutionalization of Catalan culture, and that it contributes to explaining the differences in the discourses on Catalan identity that were set in circulation during the period studied. This interdisciplinary research project (involving cultural history, literary studies, and cultural studies) has three specific objectives:

1. To study the kinds of reference to the past made since 1960 (and particularly since 1979-1980, with the democratization of local councils and the creation of the Departament de Cultura of the Generalitat de Catalunya) in the private and public efforts towards the institutionalization of Catalan culture (publishing, public institutions, cultural industries, private organizations, etc.).

2. To analyse the kinds of reference to the past made by literary and audiovisual discourses between 1960 and 1989; to analyze literary and audiovisual representations of the same period made in later decades.

3. To analyse the ways in which Catalan identity discourses since the early 1960s refer to the past, and to what effect; to analyse the ways in which autobiographical texts written by the actors of resistencialisme and normalització construct an individual identity in relation to collective identity and by reference to the historical period these actors lived.

Aquest web forma part del projecte de recerca "Funcions del passat en la cultura catalana..." (FFI2011-24751), finançat pel Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad.