The University laments the Mutxamel’s decision to move Enric Valor name to another street.

  • Office of the Principal
  • May 3rd, 2021
La Universidad lamenta la decisión de Mutxamel de trasladar de calle la denominación Enric Valor
Enric Valor. Fuente: Alicante Plaza

In a verbal expression and unanimously, the Govern Council of the University of Valencia pronounced itself against the name changing of the streets of Mutxamel. Enric Valor Vives, doctor ‘honoris causa’ by the University of Valencia, is one of the main figures of the 20th century Valencian literature.

The decision of the municipal govern was taken on 29 April. It removes the name Enric Valor from the avenue which until now bore the name the writer from Castalla, and renames it avenida de España. One of the access streets to Mutxamel will receive the name Enric Valor, according to the decision of the consistory, which has motivated the pronouncement of different political groups in the Valencian Parliament, as well as of the President of the Generalitat and the Minister of Culture.

Enric Valor Vives (Castalla, 1911 – Valencia, 2000), was a prestigious Valencian writer and grammarian. His work includes tales and Valencian oral memory, especially the ‘rondalles valencianes’ published in the 1950s, as well as novels and grammatical and lexicographical works that contributed to the standardisation of the use of Valencian.

On 28 July 1993, Enric Valor Vives was invested doctor ‘honoris causa’ by the University of Valencia by agreement of the Govern Council of the University, and the proposal of its Faculty of Philology. Drs. Malen Pérez Saldanya and Vicent Escrivà Peiró acted as sponsors at the investiture ceremony.

On 18 February 2020 the Aula Magna of the University of Valencia hosted the academic act in tribute to Enric Valor on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its death, in the historic and emblematic building of La Nave street.

The event was organised by the Enric Valor Chair of the University of Alacant, the Inter-University Institute for Valencian Language and the University of Valencia.

It was chaired by Maria Vicenta Mestre, Principal of the University. She deplored the decision of the Mutxamel Town Hall, and condemned the use of well-known literary figures in political decisions.

'Enric Valor i Vives is the voice of our oral tradition, he is the passion for literature in times of minorisation of Valencian, and he is also the conscience and science of grammar and lexicography to recover our language in formal spheres', declared the Principal.