Dr Montserrat Roser i Puig

Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)
Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies


Dr Montserrat Roser-i-Puig is a well-established Catalanist who works on Spanish and Catalan theatre and poetry. She was president of the Anglo-Catalan Society between 2002 and 2005 and was instrumental in the establishment of the International Federation of Catalan Societies. She has attracted the Anglo-Catalan Society’s webpages and the Journal of Catalan Studies online publications to Kent. 

Montserrat's international collaborative activity has seen her contributing annually to research projects and "cursos de doctorado" in the Universitat d’Alacant and the Universitat de Lleida.


Montserrat Roser i Puig teaches Hispanic culture.



  • Roser i Puig, M. (2014). Two Tangos: Slawomir Mrözek and Manuel Molins’. Journal of Catalan Studies [Online] 17:144-167. Available at: http://www.anglo-catalan.org/jocs/17/Articles%20&%20Reviews/Versio%20pdf/08%20Roser.pdf.
    This study addresses two plays, both entitled Tango, one by Manuel Molins i Casaña, and the other by Slawomir Mrözek, that is, two interpretations of the tango from outside the cultural environment in which it was invented.2 I shall analyse the extent to which the use of the tango as a musical form and point of reference (be it as a song or a dance) can be perceived as an exotic and external factor (a presence of the familiar other) in the form of hybrid texts including lyrics, for instance, and how in other cases it is unquestionably accepted as an integral part of European culture.
  • Roser i Puig, M. (2012). La recepció de Joan Maragall en el món anglosaxó. Catalonia [Online] 10:1-8. Available at: http://www.crimic.paris-sorbonne.fr/Catalonia-10.html.
    Cet article propose un panorama de la diffusion de l’oeuvre de Joan Maragall dans les Iles Britanniques et aux Etats Unis. On évoque un grand nombre de publications de ses poèmes et d’autres écrits en catalan et en anglais ainsi que des ouvrages de critique littéraire depuis le début du XXe jusqu’au début du XXIe siècle, et on aborde plus spécifiquement la critique des professeurs Arthur Terry et Geoffrey Ribbans ainsi que les techniques du «New Criticism».
  • Roser i Puig, M. (2012). Experiments in dialogic poetics: J.V.Foix and Joan Ponç’s La pell de la pell (1970). Catalan Review [Online] 26:35-56. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3828/CATR.26.1.35.
    La pell de la pell started out as poetic prose written by J. V. Foix in 1968, presented as an open letter to the Dau al Set artist Joan Ponç. The painter’s response to the letter
    was to collaborate with the poet in this artist’s book, La pell de la pell (1970), where illustrations share the pages with the text, which is then followed by a series of 22 etchings signed by the artist. This innovative and exciting exercise would be replicated by most of the members of the group in multiple collaborative combinations, producing masterpieces such as the Nocturn matinal (1970) and Poems from the Catalan (1973) by Joan Brossa and Antoni Tàpies, 97 notes sobre ficcions poncianes (1974) by J. V. Foix and Joan Ponç, and Exploració de l’ombra (1974) by Joan Fuster and Joan Ponç, to name just a few. This article studies the dual experimental nature of this book: Foix’s poetic prose and the intriguing effect that the addition of Ponç’s images makes to the work as a whole. It will also address the treatment that they both make of the theme of roughness (both literal and figurative), identified by Foix in his earlier collection Sol i de dol (1936) as a meaningful and innovative element in his poetry, and the use of texture in Ponç’s work. Foix’s text will also be compared to D. H. Lawrence’s “Snake” to discuss the sexual associations explored by both the poet and the artist in this book. The work will be evaluated in terms of its reproduction of repeated patterns and their mesmeric effect, and linked to the attributes historically associated to the snake ever since the mediaeval bestiaries but also to Barthes’ “Pleasure of Consumption.” The method of analysis will involve the study of La pell de la pell from a Bakhtinian perspective, as a single hybrid text where the two media dialogue with each other, and attempt to decipher a common visual and linguistic symbolism. This will allow for the interpretation of this work as one
    that incites the reader to join in an intellectual game closely linked to Barthes’ concept of Jouissance.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2012). Experiments in Dialogic Poetics: J.V. Foix and Joan Ponç's 'La pell de la pell' (1970). Catalan Review 26:35-56.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2007). Interview with Àngels Aymar. Contemporary Theatre Review [Online] 17:478-479. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10486800701416930.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2006). Catalan Women Playwrights: A Round Table. Journal of Catalan Studies [Online] 9:1-19. Available at: http://www.anglo-catalan.org/jocs/9/articles.html.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2005). Discussing Art and Painting Poetry?: A Commentary on 97 Notes sobre ficcions poncianes (1974). Catalan Review [Online] XIX:155-171. Available at: http://www.nacs-catalanstudies.org/catalan_review-19.1.2.html.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2003). Francesc Parcerisas: A Space for Reading? Journal of Catalan Studies [Online] 6:1-9. Available at: http://www.uoc.edu/jocs/6/articles/roserpuig/index.html.

Book section

  • Roser i Puig, M. (2016). Experimentació transmèdia a Poesia escénica 1966-1978 (1983), de Joan Brossa. in: Pons, M. and Reynés, J. A. eds. Poètiques liminars: imatge, escena, objecte, trànsit. Palma, Mallorca: Edicions UiB (Publicacions de la Universitat de les Illes Balears), pp. 59-78.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2016). Capturing the Moment. Identity and the Political in Narcís Comadira’s Poems. in: Gayà, E., Picornell, M. and Ruiz, M. eds. Incidències. Poesia catalana i esfera pública. Venice, Italy: Edizioni Ca'Foscari, pp. 131-150. Available at: http://edizionicafoscari.unive.it/col/dbc/26/BibliotecaRassegnaIberistica.
    Narcís Comadira (Girona 1942 – ) started his studies in the monastery of Montserrat in
    the sixties but abandoned his religious career and became one of the youngest Catalans to join the
    then newly born Assemblea de Catalunya the activities of which extended over the period 1971-1977,
    escaping the claustrophobia of Franco’s Spain by going abroad as a Spanish Lector at Queen Mary’s
    College in London between 1971 and 1973, and thus discovering new ways of thinking and living.
    This paper explores Comadira’s personal, political and poetic development from 1970 to the years
    of the Spanish transition to Democracy.
  • Roser i Puig, M. (2013). El tractament de la memòria cultural: El dia dels morts, de Narcís Comadira i La increible història del Dr Floit & Mr Pla, d’Albert Boadella. in: Larios, J. ed. La cara obscura de la cultura catalana: La col·laboració amb el feixisme. Palma de Mallorca: Lleonard Muntaner, pp. 177-199.
  • Roser i Puig, M. (2013). Unreal Forms: Joan Ponç and Joan Fuster’s Exploració de l’ombra and Joan Ponç and Luis Goytisolo’s Devoraciones. in: Brown, K. ed. The Art Book Tradition in Twentieth-Century Europe. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing (Routledge), pp. 73-88. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/isbn/9781409420651.
  • Roser i Puig, M. (2012). Cinturons de calmes i experiència cansada a Latituds dels cavalls (1971-1972), de Francesc Parcerisas. in: Pons, M. and Reynés, J. A. eds. Lírica i deslírica: anàlisis i propostes de la poesia d’experimentació. Palma de Mallorca: Publicacions UiB, pp. 96-110.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2011). What is cooking in Catalonia? in: Keown, D. ed. A Companion to Catalan Culture. London: Tamesis, pp. 227-252.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2011). Nostalgia and Exoticism in El ben cofat i l’altre by Josep Carner. in: Buffery, H. ed. Stages of Exile. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 145-160.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2010). Art, poesia, traduccio i expressio: Sobre Poems from the Catalan (1974) d'Antoni Tapies i Joan Brossa. in: Transformacions: Llenguatges teorics i relacions interartistiques (1975 - 2000). Barcelona: Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat, pp. 112-140.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2008). Art i teatre: consideracions estetiques i esceniques. in: Camps, C. ed. L'Ultim dia de la creacio i altres. Joan Casas. Peronnas: Editions de la Tour Gile, pp. 193-206.
    Article on the key aesthetic and staging elements in L'ultim dia de la creacio, by the contemporary Catalan playwright Joan Casas.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2008). Ressons anglesos a la 'Revista de Poesia' (1925-1927) i els 'Quaderns de Poesia' (1935-1936). in: Alonso, H. et al. eds. Les revistes literàries a la Catalunya d'entreguerres. Crítica, recepció, traducció. Lleida: Aula Màrius Torres / Pagès Edicions, pp. 145-159.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2007). Il•lustrant poemes visuals? Notes al Nocturn matinal (1970) de Joan Brossa i Antoni Tàpies. in: Camps, C. and Roser-i-Puig, M. eds. Segon Col•loqui Europeu d’Estudis Catalans. Intertextualitat a la literatura catalana des del franquisme fins avui. Montpellier: Centre d’études et de recherches catalanes, Université Paul-Valéry, pp. 427-449.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2006). Teatre per al segle XXI. L’habitació del nen (2001), de Josep Maria Benet i Jornet. in: Camps, C. ed. El teatre de Josep M. Benet i Jornet: ‘L’habitació del nen’ i altres. Péronnas: Editions de la Tour Gile, pp. 93-124.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. and Ross, Y. (2006). Identitat nacional a Qüestió d’amor propi de Carme Riera. in: Actes de la secció literària del XIX Colloqui Germano-Català (Colònia 2003). Barcelona: Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat, pp. 255-272.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2004). La missió cultural de Joan Gili, Josep Trueta i Josep Maria Batista i Roca a Anglaterra durant la dictadura. in: Roser-i-Puig, M. and Trenc, E. eds. Col•loqui Europeu d’Estudis Catalans. La recepció de la literatura catalana a Europa. Montpellier: Centre d’études et de recherches catalanes, Université Paul-Valéry, pp. 7-23.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2003). "Podríem viure/ si no sentíssim que tenim un centre?", Identitat i cultura a la poesia de Pere Gimferrer. in: Arnau i Segarra, P. and Bover i Font, A. eds. La literatura i l’art en el seu context social. Barcelona: Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat, pp. 7-18.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2003). El diálogo con la tradición en la poesía de Jaime Gil de Biedma. in: Dadson, T. J. and Flitter, D. W. eds. Poesía y tradición literaria, in La poesía española del siglo XX y la tradición literaria. Birmingham: Birmingham University Press, pp. 111-124. Available at: http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/id/La_Poesia_Espanola_Del_Siglo_XX/9781902459462.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2001). Moral Games and Corrupting Justice in Fernando Arrabal’s The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria. in: Batley, E. and Bradby, D. eds. Morality and Justice: The Challenge of European Theatre. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 209-224. Available at: http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/id/Morality_and_Justice/9789042013988.

Edited book

  • Roser-i-Puig, M. and Camps, C. eds. (2007). Segon Col•loqui Europeu d’Estudis Catalans. Intertextualitat a la literatura catalana des del franquisme fins avui. Montpellier: Centre d’études et de recherches catalanes, Université Paul-Valéry.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. ed. (2007). A Female Scene: Three Plays by Catalan Women. [Online]. Nottingham: Five Leaves Publications / The Anglo-Catalan Society. Available at: http://www.anglo-catalan.org/monographs.htm.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. and Trenc, E. eds. (2004). Col•loqui Europeu d’Estudis Catalans. La recepció de la literatura catalana a Europa. Montpellier: Centre d’études et de recherches catalanes, Université Paul-Valéry.


  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (2007). Review of Komla Aggor, 'Francisco Nieva and Postmodernist Theatre'. Modern Language Review 102:546-547.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (1999). Review of Merce Rodoreda, La 'Mort i la primavera' - Critical edition. Modern Language Review 94:863-863.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (1998). Josep Pla: Autobiographical fiction in literary reality. Modern Language Review 93:554-555.
  • Roser-i-Puig, M. (1998). A second look at Eugenio d'Ors, 1902-1930. Modern Language Review 93:863-864.
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