Reality has been a source of inspiration for a host of cultural representations; in the same way, fiction has given way to a plethora of realities. The line separating reality from fiction has reflected throughout history an infinite play of mirrors. On the one hand, a cultural or artistic representation can take on a life of its own and become an entity in between reality and fiction, taking the form of a literary character, a legend, a visual portrayal/representation, or even historic discourse. On the other hand, reality can be (re)interpreted with an objective in mind, whether this be of a political, social, or cultural nature, as has been the case with political propaganda or with the more recent phenomenon of Post-Truth. In such a way, reality is characterised in the postmodern era by being an accumulation of perspectives and interpretations that blends true facts with fictitious elements, a conglomerate at the disposal of the public.

This conference aims to explore the communicating vessels between reality and fiction in the cultural productions of the Iberian Peninsula across time, from the era of medieval chronicles to the digital age. To that end, our objective is to establish a diachronic panorama as a dialogue between scholars of various periods and cultural disciplines, in discussion of “fictitious realities and real fictions.” Moreover, the interdisciplinary focus of the conference hopes to foster collaborations between a varied spectrum of artistic disciplines including, but not limited to, literature, painting, comics, film, and theatre, with the objective of considering the topic at hand from the largest number of areas and perspectives possible.


  • Marina Garcés (Universidad de Zaragoza)
  • Kirmen Uribe (Basque writer, National Literature Prize for Narrative)
  • Jonathan Thacker (University of Oxford)
  • Olga Castro (Aston University)
  • Antonio Sáez Delgado (Universidade de Évora/Universidade de Lisboa)


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Organising Committee:

Diana Berruezo Sánchez, Laura Blanco de la Barrera, Alejandra Crosta, Rafael Martins, Teresa Mena Benet, Gui Perdigao-Murta, Enrique del Rey Cabero, and Sílvia Xicola Tugas.



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