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- ItemOpen AccessA Case of Transatlantic Intertextuality: Edward Bulwer-Lytton and Edgar Allan Poe(Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies (APEAA), 2010) Miquel Baldellou, MartaThe American scholar Burton R. Pollin established literary connections between Edgar Allan Poe and the Victorian English writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton, tracing the influence the latter exerted over many of Poe’s tales (1965;1996; 2000). Similarly, Allan Conrad Christensen stated that Bulwer-Lytton was one of the writers that had exerted a most powerful influence on Poe’s early prose (2004). Moreover, as a literary critic, Poe also reviewed many of Bulwer-Lytton’s novels and declared himself an admirer of the English writer (1835; 1836; 1840; 1841a; 1841b; 1842). In 1830, when Poe was expelled from West Point Academy, Bulwer-Lytton was already a highly acclaimed writer about to publish Paul Clifford; the novel that inaugurated his cycle of Newgate fiction which incorporated the novelty of featuring a criminal as the hero of the story. This characteristic would be widely displayed in many of Edgar Allan Poe’s subsequent short-stories such as “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Black Cat”, “The Imp of the Perverse”, or “The Cask of Amontillado.” Taking these precedents into consideration, this article aims at gaining insight into the intertextuality established between Edward Bulwer-Lytton and Edgar Allan Poe, identifying thematic links and disparities through a comparative analysis of Bulwer-Lytton’s Paul Clifford and Edgar Allan Poe’s tales, as well as examining the idiosyncratic characteristics which differentiate the novel and the short-story in nineteenth-century England and America
- ItemOpen AccessA Creative Writing Workshop on Sexuality and Ageing: A Spanish Pilot Case Study(MDPI, 2020-07-26) Stončikaitė, Ieva; Mina Riera, NúriaNegative stereotypes about old age abound in our present-day society, which often considers older people as sexually incapable or even asexual. On the other hand, active ageing ideologies foster the practice of sex in later life as a sign of healthy and active ageing. The aim of this pilot case study was to examine the impact that poetry on sexuality, ageing and creativity had on older individuals. In total eight participants, aged 49–76, participated in a workshop offered by the University of Lleida (Spain). The initial hypothesis was that the participants, following the example set by the poems, would produce pieces of creative writing in which they voiced their own concerns and experiences about sexuality in later life from the distance that metaphor grants. While some of the participants’ writings engaged with the poems that deal with sexuality in older age, none of the participants’ creative pieces contained explicit instances of sexual experiences. The analysis of the participants’ creative pieces suggests that: first, they regard intimacy in older age as essential; and second, their unwillingness to write about sexuality in older age is partly rooted in their upbringing during Franco’s dictatorial regime, in which sexuality for non-reproductive aims was constructed as immoral.
- ItemOpen AccessA reclamation of masculine space Wilbur Smith's manipulation of space in the Courtney Saga(The Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies (AEDEAN), 2001) Santaularia Capdevila, Isabel
- ItemOpen Access"A series of mere household events": evoking and questioning nineteenth-century ethics of victorian family life in Edgar Allan Poe's tales(Área de Publicaciones de la Universidad de León, 2007) Miquel Baldellou, Marta
- ItemOpen AccessA short stay abroad: does it make a difference?(Elsevier, 2009) Llanes, Àngels; Muñoz Lahoz, CarmenGiven that summer abroad programs are becoming more and more popular, the aim of the present study is to find out whether foreign language proficiency can be significantly improved during a summer stay of 3-4 weeks. The present study examines learners’ linguistic gains through oral fluency and accuracy measures as well as a listening comprehension task. Learners’ oral fluency is examined in terms of syllables per minute, other-language word ratio, filled pauses per minute, silent pauses per minute, articulation rate, and length of the longest fluent run. The accuracy of learners’ oral production is measured by means of the ratio of error free clauses and the average number of errors per clause. In addition, learners’ errors are classified into 4 categories: morphological errors, syntactic errors, lexical errors and covered errors. Results reveal that these short stays do indeed produce significant gains on most measures, and that proficiency level strongly affects the intensity of learners’ progress.
- ItemRestrictedA sociolinguistic analysis of transnational SMS practices: non-elite multilingualism, grassroots literacy and social agency among migrant populations in Barcelona(John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2012) Sabaté Dalmau, MariaFrom the field of the sociolinguistics of globalisation, this article investigates the linguistic features of transnational SMS talk, focusing on the heteroglossic and hybrid multilingual text messaging practices and the ICT-mediated vernacular literacies of a very heterogeneous small group of migrants establishing transnational networks in the outskirts of Barcelona. It shows that migrants employ highly flexible, non-elite linguae francae or "we-codes" for successful inter-group communication which are based on heterography, orality, anti-standardness and transidiomaticity. It also explores the social indexicalities of such SMS practices, and claims that, against a highly ideologised discursive regime which classifies them as "faulty" or "deviant", transnational migrants' text messages offer an insight into how these highly mobile citizens attain the necessary degree of social agency to unfold their many transnational identities, re-negotiate their belonging and entitlement to host-society resources, and manage to organise their life trajectories and prospects largely successfully.
- ItemOpen AccessEl adulterio femenino: el ejemplo de Jacques(Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida, 2009) Santa, ÀngelsEl adulterio femenino: el ejemplo de Jacques. Con la publicación de esta obra George Sand no pretende criminalizar a la mujer. Pero es cierto que en ella concede al hombre un papel destacado y generoso. El protagonista se convierte en víctima de un amor desgraciado. La intriga, un tanto compleja, gira en tomo a cuatro personajes destacados, aunque existen otros más secundarios: Jacques y Femande, Octave y Sylvia. Octave, primero amante de Sylvia se enamora de Femande, la mujer de Jacques y acabará quitándosela mientras el marido se retira discretamente, perdiéndose entre las nieves. El tema central de Jacques es la crítica a la institución matrimonial. El matrimonio acaba con la felicidad y posiblemente con la vida de Jacques. El adulterio femenino, expresión de la libertad de la mujer, es la causa directa de ello.
- ItemOpen AccessL'affaire Dreyfus dans les Essais de Jean-Richard Bloch(Kossuth Lajos Tudományegyetem, 1994) Figuerola Cabrol, M. Carme
- ItemOpen AccessAge, Gender and Feminism: Addressing the Gap from Literary and Cultural Perspectives(Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 2021-08-30) Stončikaitė, IevaAlthough important demographic shifts have generated both an interest and profound transformations in sociocultural interpretations of ageing and old age, the experience of growing older is still perceived negatively and is often measured according to how successfully people adapt to the current Western ideals of later life. In the light of recent research on cultural and literary representations of ageing, this article critically addresses contemporary American writer Erica Jong's mid-life and later works from feminist and gender perspectives. It shows how the author's writings contest the narrative of decline and ageism and incorporate some aspects of positive ageing in terms of body image. Yet, instead of following the model of successful ageing, Jong offers alternative views of ageing femininities and sexuality that enable a different narrative of growing older to emerge. The writer's work also shows that socially and culturally constructed gender and power relationships can be deconstructed, which allows for new forms of self-expression that are not moulded into anti-ageing discourses and their neoliberal imperatives.
- ItemOpen AccessAlain Pessin, L'Imaginaire utopique aujourd'hui, P.U.F. (colección Sociologie d'aujourd'hui), París, 2001(Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida, 2002) Giné Janer, Marta
- ItemOpen AccessAlain Tassel (ed), La Metatextualité Narratologie nº 3, Publication de la Faculté des Lettres, Arts et Sciences Humaines de Nice, Nice, 2000, 266pp.(Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida, 2000) Figuerola Cabrol, M. Carme
- ItemOpen AccessAlternancias diatéticas relacionadas con el aspecto(Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 2003) Fernández, Ana; Vázquez García, Glòria; Martí, M. AntòniaEn este artículo presentamos el análisis de un conjunto de estructuras sintácticas que hemos agrupado teniendo en cuenta la información que aportan en relación con el aspecto. Se trata de estructuras de tipo relacional en las que la predicación se basa en la asignación de propiedades que caracterizan una entidad o un evento. Como resultado del análisis realizado, se revisa el concepto de estado y se amplía el número de construcciones sintácticas.
- ItemOpen AccessAmor por correspondencia: Henri Bey le frente a Métilde Dembowski(Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida, 2002) Santa, Àngels
- ItemOpen AccessAn exploratory study of the role of age and language learning aptitude in a short stay abroad(University of Vigo, 2015) Serrano, Raquel; Llanes, ÀngelsThe purpose of this study is to analyze the effect of age and aptitude on the second language (L2) gains made in English by a group of Catalan/Spanish bilinguals who spent three weeks in the United Kingdom. The participants included 39 learners aged between 12 and 17 years old. Aptitude was measured through a vocabulary test (LLAMA B, Meara, 2005), which examines rote memory. Participants’ L2 skills were analyzed through a grammaticality judgment test (GJT) and a formulaic sequences test (FST). The results indicate that the L2 learners made significant gains in the two tests after a three-week stay abroad. Additionally, both age and aptitude had a significant impact on the type of language gains the learners made: older learners outperformed younger learners in the two tasks, and high aptitude learners outperformed low aptitude learners in the FST. Nevertheless, no interactions were observed between L2 gains and age or aptitude.
- ItemOpen AccessAnalysis of the production of pronominal constructions in Spanish in a learner corpus(Equinox Publishing, 2018) Fernández Montraveta, Ana María; Vázquez García, GlòriaIt is a well-established fact that pronominal constructions are one of the most difficult areas for learners of Spanish as a second language (Tremblay, 2006, Toth, 2000). This study aims to contribute to the area of language learning and materials design by drawing a general picture of the production of pronominal constructions applying corpus linguistics methodology, following the recommendations of Zyzick (2006). The analysis has been carried out taking into consideration three aspects: the students' L1, the semantics of each construction, and the type of errors found. In order to conduct our study, a corpus of 2,532 real pronominal sentences (written by learners of Spanish from levels B1 and C1) was compiled. Findings show that students with a Romance L1 do not perform better than students with a non-Romance L1. Also, the semantics of the different types of pronominal constructions seem to have an influence on the students' performance. Finally, errors of overgeneralization are more common than errors of omission. In addition, the latter decrease in higher levels whereas the former seem to increase. These results may be used to reconsider some aspects of the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.
- ItemOpen AccessAncient Voices in Contemporary Theatrical Forms: The Case of The Bacchae by Kneehigh Theatre(Department of Theatre, University of Kansas, 2014) Casado Gual, NúriaOnly separated by two years in their publication, Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice (2003) and Kneehigh Theatre’s The Bacchae (2005) re-introduced two ancient myths into the theatrical spectrum of the beginning of the new millennium. Sarah Ruhl and the company Kneehigh Theatre can be considered two relevant names for contemporary drama in English, each of them representing the new American and British dramaturgies, respectively. Resorting to myth criticism and theatre semiotics as umbrella theories, this article explores the mechanisms of dramaturgical adaptation and cultural referentiality that can be detected in Ruhl’s and Kneehigh’s postmodern visions of two classical myths. Besides this formal analysis, the historical and ideological implications of the play’s main symbols are also taken into account. Ultimately, the comparison between the two texts throws light on the importance that myths have in the recreation of allegedly contemporary themes and tropes. All in all, this article looks at the presence of the past in Eurydice and The Bacchae as representatives of Ruhl’s and Kneeigh’s experimental work and, by extension, at the continuities of old forms in the new voices of theatre in English on both sides of the Atlantic.
- ItemOpen AccessAndré-Marie Manga. Didáctica de lenguas extranjeras(Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida, 2016) Figuerola Cabrol, M. CarmeRessenya del llibre: Didáctica de lenguas extranjeras: Orientaciones teóricas en español / André-Marie Manga. Editions L'Harmattan, 2014
- ItemOpen AccessÀngels Santa (ed.) Teresa de Lisieux o la força de la feblesa, L'ull crític assaig, Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida, Lleida, 1999, 106 p.(Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida, 2002) Figuerola Cabrol, M. Carme
- ItemOpen AccessÀngels Santa (éd.). Création littéraire et féminité chez Roger Martin du Gard(Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida, 2012) Figuerola Cabrol, M. CarmeRessenya del llibre: Création littéraire et féminité chez Roger Martin du Gard / Edited By Àngels Santa. Peter Lang, 2011