Mariàngela Vilallonga (Girona, 1952) is a writer, Latin scholar and university professor.
She began her teaching career in 1974 as a course lecturer at the University of Girona. In 1983 she received a PhD with a thesis on the outstanding fifteenth-century Catalan humanist Jeroni Pau. Supervised by Francisco Rico, this work was awarded a cum laude and the Extraordinary Prize. The thesis was subsequently published in two volumes titled Jeroni Pau. Obres (1986). Her other titles include Dos opuscles de Pere Miquel Carbonell (1988), La literatura llatina a Catalunya al segle XV (1993), Humanisme català (2001) and Recrear Rodoreda Romanyà (2008). She also translated Rainer M. Rilke’s French poems in a volume titled Poemes francesos (2011) and, together with other authors, was in charge of the publication and translation of Johann Burchard’s secret diary with the title Dietari secret (2003). Since 2003 she has been a university professor and, since 2004, director of the Maria Àngels Anglada – Carles Fages de Climent Literary Heritage Chair. Since 2005, she has been a fellow of the Institute for Catalan Studies’ Philological Section of which she has been vice-president since 2014. Moreover, she was vice-president of the Institute for Catalan Studies from 2010 to 2013 and, once again, after September 2017.
Mariàngela Vilallonga has led research projects on the relations between the humanists of the Crown of Aragon and Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and has been a member of the Board of Governors and also the Advisory Board of the Institution of Catalan Letters since 2015. She has been a member of the Council for Arts and Culture of Girona (2008 – 2011), a member of the Schools Council of Catalonia (2011 – 2015), a member of the Social Council for Culture of the Generalitat (Government) of Catalonia (2014 – 2015), president of the Advisory Council of the CRUSCAT Network (2010 – 2015), a member of the Organising Committee for Commemorations of the Generalitat of Catalonia (2011 – 2013), and editor of the section "Fulls" of the Revista de Girona (1985-2008). In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Creu de Sant Jordi (St George Cross) of the Generalitat of Catalonia.
Vilallonga is a member of Associació d’Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (Association of Catalan Language Writers – AELC).
Web page: Toni Terrades for AELC.
Photographs: Author’s personal files.
Translated by Julie Wark.