CATERINA ALBERT I PARADÍS  (1869-1966)
"VÍCTOR CATALÀ"

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 On Caterina Albert:  Biography   Works Tales  Monologues  Fiction  Novel  Poesy  Theatre  Miscellaneous
 Sources and additional information:  Links   Bibliography   Other Catalan Art Nouveau writers
 
Works:

Tales
Drames rurals - 1902
Ombrívoles - 1904

Caires vius - 1907
La Mare-Balena - 1920
Vida molta - 1949
Jubileu - 1951

Monologues
La infanticida - 1898
El llibre nou - 1898

Fiction
El llibre blanc - 1905
Marines - 1928
Contrallums - 1930

Novel
Solitud - 1905
Un film (300 metres) - 1926

Poesy
El cant dels mesos - 1901
Llibre Blanc - Policromi - Tríptic - 1905

Theater
Quatre monòlegs - 1902
Teatre inèdit (published in 1967)

Miscellaneous
De civisme i civilitat - 1917
Sensacions d'Empúries - 1923
Mosaic - 1946

 

Life:
Born in l'Escala (Alt Empordà) in the year 1869 into a family of rural owners.
Her cultural education, basically self-taught, was oriented to the artistic aspects she preferred, specially the literature and the painting.
Caterina Albert started to publish some writings in the magazine "l'Esquella de la Torratxa" with the pseudonymous Virgili Alacseal at a very young age.
Her works are influenced by the literary movements of her youngness: the Modernisme (Art Nouveau) in its first period, with works as Solitud (1905) - a capital work of the Catalan literary Art Nouveau - and at the end of her life, the naturalism. 
As a result of the scandal of her writing "La infanticida" (The infanticide) presented to the Floral Games of Olot in 1898, in which he shown an analysis of the a woman exploited by a primitive and rural society, he adopted the pseudonym of Víctor Català.
The theatre was one of the big passions of Caterina Albert, instead of this is one of her more unknown aspects. Her works are regrouped in "Quatre monòlegs" (1902) and Teatre inèdit (1967).
Her poetic works are, as her theatre, not very much known, and is basically composed of tragic monologs with romantic influences. 
Her works in prose are recognized as ones of most importants in Catalan language. In addition of "Solitud", other works are "Drames rurals" (1902), "Ombrívoles" (1904) and "Caires vius" (1907).
From 1917, her works take a new orientation to the naturalism with texts as the novel "Un film (300 metres)" (1926) and other writings as "Contrallums" (1930) and "Jubileu" (1951) who is the last one.
The most common aspects of the Caterina Albert works are developed in rural ambiances with cruel people dominated by fatalism. This tendency is broken at the end of her work, specially in "Jubileu", developed into a city (Barcelona) shown more refined ambiences and the nostalgia of other times.  
Caterina Albert died in her native town in the year 1966.

 
 

Selected LINKS to other websites on Caterina Albert i Paradís

http://www.uoc.edu/lletra/noms/vcatala/  Page on Víctor Català in the web of UOC (Catalonia Open University)
http://www.xtec.es/~jducros/Victor Catala.html Biography of Caterina Albert  
http://www.uoc.edu/lletra/generes/prosamodernista/index.html  Page on Modernist (Art Nouveau) prose in the web of UOC 
http://www.uoc.edu/lletra/moviments/modernisme/  Page on Modernisme (Art Nouveau), specially literary, in the web of UOC  

 

Specific Bibliography on Caterina Albert i Paradís

Title Author Published by Year
Caterina Albert / Víctor Català. La voluptuositat de l'escriptura Bartrina, Francesca Eumo Editorial - Col·lecció Capsa de Pandora 2001
Obres completes: Els silencis de Caterina Albert Capmany, Mª Aurèlia   1972
La condició de la dona en la narrativa catalana femenina Charlon, Anne Edicions 62 - Col·lecció Llibres a l'abast 1990
Lettura di Solitud Gavagnin, Gabriella AISC, Biblioteca Catalana 1987
Gran enciclopèdia catalana Diferents autors Enciclopèdia Catalana  
La prosa modernista: un concepte polièdric Julià, Lluïsa Lletra - UOC - Espai virtual de literatura catalana  
Aspectes del Modernisme Marfany, Joan Lluís Curial 1975
Caterina Albert i Paradís "Víctor Català" Miracle, Josep Editorial Dopesa 1978
Historia de la Literatura catalana, El Modernisme, vol 8. Molas, Joaquim / de Riquer, Martí Editorial Ariel 1985
Introducció a Solitud Nardi, Núria Edicions 62 1990
Historia de la literatura catalana, "Víctor Català", vol 4. Nardi, Núria Edicions 62 / Orbis 1984
Biografia de Víctor Català Oller i Rabassa, Joan Rafael Dalmau editor 1967
Dotze mestres Serrahima, Maurici Destino 1972
El primer modernismo literario catalán y sus fundamentos ideológicos Valentí, Eduard Editorial Ariel 1972
 
Other Catalan Art Nouveau Writers:
Caterina Albert i Paradís  Prudenci Bertrana  Jaume Brossa i Roger  Raimon Casellas i Dou  Ignasi Iglesias i Pujades  Pompeu Gener  Adrià Gual i Queralt  Hortensi Güell  Antoni Isern  Albert Llanas  Joan Maragall i Gorina  Alfons Maseras i Galtés  Jaume Massó i Torrents  Apel·les Mestres i Oñós  Rafael Nogueras i Ollé  Miquel de Palol  Josep Pin i Soler  Josep Pons i Pagès  Pere Prat i Gaballí  Joan Puig i Ferrater  Alexandre Riquer i Ynglada  Santiago Rusiñol i Prats  Joaquim Ruyra i Oms  Maria Antònia Salvà  Víctor Català (see Caterina Albert)  Plàcid Vidal i Rosich  Jeroni Zanné i Rodríguez
 

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