Adrian Schindler invited me to energize a session of his reading club To those who inspired it and will not read it: Goytisolo, Morocco and the Other at MACBA, Barcelona.
7, 14, 21 and 28 of April, 6-8pm
The reading group A quienes la inspiraron y no la leerán proposes a critical approach to the theoretical and fictional work of Juan Goytisolo, influenced by Morocco. Contrasting his ambition to deconstruct the islamophobic literary tradition with the fantasies that inhabit his novels, we will address issues such as the construction of the image of the Other in Spain, the ghosts of the colonial project and the tensions inherent to decolonial works developed by white cultural agents. We will read excerpts from the novels Reivindicación del conde Don Julián (1970), Juan sin tierra (1975) and Makbara (1980), as well as from the essay collection Crónicas Sarracinas (1981). The sessions will be carried out with Salma Amzian, Núria Gómez Gabriel and iki yos piña narváez funes, who will contribute to examine Goytisolo’s contradictions and potentialities through other literatures and epistemologies.