CATA 12200 Catalan for Speakers of Romance Languages I
This course is intended for speakers of other Romance languages to quickly develop competence in spoken and written Catalan. In this introductory course, students learn ways to apply their skills in another Romance language to mastering Catalan by concentrating on the similarities and differences between the two languages.
CATA 12300 Catalan for Speakers of Romance Languages II
This course is intended for speakers of other Romance languages to quickly develop competence in spoken and written Catalan. In this intermediate-level course, students learn ways to apply their skills in another Romance language to mastering Catalan by concentrating on the similarities and differences between the two languages. This course offers a rapid review of the basic patterns of the language and expands on the material presented in CATA 12200.
CATA 21100 Llengua, societat i cultura I
This advanced-level course will focus on speaking and writing skills through the study of a wide variety of contemporary texts and audiovisual materials. It will provide students with a better understanding of contemporary Catalan society. Students will review problematic grammatical structures, write a number of essays, and participate in multiple class debates.
CATA 21200 Llengua, societat i cultura II
This advanced-level course will focus on speaking and writing skills through a wide variety of texts and audiovisual materials. We will study a wide range of Catalan cultural manifestations (e.g, visual arts, music, gastronomy). Students will also review advanced grammatical structures, write a number of essays, and participate in multiple class debates.
CATA 21400 Languages in the Iberian Peninsula: Multilingualism and Language Ideologies
The course will lead students to explore the situation of the main languages in the Iberian Peninsula from a sociolinguistic perspective (in the wide sense of the word). It will present language diversity in the Iberian Peninsula and lead students to discuss and read about language contact, language planning (including both status and corpus planning), language policy, ideologies and linguistic representations regarding Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan, Occitan, Basque, Aragonese and Asturian.
CATA 21600 Catalan Culture and Society: Art, music and cinema
CATA 21900/CATA 31900 Contemporary Catalan Literature
This course provides a survey of major authors, works, and trends in Catalan literature from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. We study works representing various literary genres (novel, poetry, short story) and analyze the most important cultural debates of the period.
CATA 33370 Fronteras de la ficción en la literatura ibérica contemporánea
Despite many proclamations about its imminent death, the novel has managed until now to survive as a literary genre, often by interrogating the limits of the fictional and engaging at the same time the imaginary and the factual, or (as Bakhtin would put it) by embracing, absorbing, imitating or parodying a wide variety of discourses. This seminar will study a number of works of contemporary Iberian literatures (Basque, Catalan, and Spanish) that question and explore the various boundaries between fiction and non-fiction, between the generic conventions of the novel and short stories, between original and translation. Primary readings will include works by Bernardo Atxaga, Jaume Cabré, Javier Cercas, Paloma Díaz Mas, Miren Agur Meabe, Josep Pla, Adrià Pujol Cruells & Rubén Martín Giráldez, and Kirmen Uribe.
CATA 24019/CATA 34019 The Translation Zone: Languages in Catalan-Speaking Territories
This course will be focusing on Catalan culture and translation in order to address different aspects of translation history, ethics and practice in relation to minority and minoritized languages, identities and communities. The classes would seek to explore and analyze what happens to Catalan literature, film, theatre and performance in translation into other languages (in particular in the Anglophone world), as well as reflect on changing approaches to and affordances of translation within, between and beyond the Catalan-speaking territories in diverse situations of language contact and intercultural encounter involving Catalan-speaking individuals and communities. The course will be structured in four parts: Catalonia in-translation; invisible landscapes; traumatic translations; and cartographies of desire.
CATA 26555/CATA 36555 Self-determination and Democracy in Spain: The Case of Catalonia
In recent years, tensions between Spain and Catalonia have called attention to a number of long-standing issues that have remained unresolved in modern Spanish cultural and political history: the recognition of national or regional identities, the rights of minority cultures and languages, the nature of democracy and citizenship… This course will study the history of Spanish and Catalan nation-building, as well as the ideological and cultural discourses generated around those projects, and it will pay particular attention to current debates regarding Catalonia’s claim to self-determination.