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.
2021-2022 Autumn, Spring
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 21600 Catalan Culture and Society: Art, Music, and Cinema
This course provides an interdisciplinary survey of contemporary Catalonia. We study a wide range of its cultural manifestations (architecture, paintings, music, arts of the body, literature, cinema, gastronomy). Attention is also paid to some sociolinguistic issues, such as the coexistence of Catalan and Spanish, and the standardization of Catalan.
The course will be conducted in English.
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.
Taught in English.
CATA 22221 / CATA 32221 Patterns of Resilience: Politics, Culture and Identity in Contemporary Catalonia
Catalonia can be considered a unique laboratory for studying the complexity of present-day identity politics. On the one hand, Catalan society is marked by pronounced levels of cultural diversity, and it is a remarkably multilingual and multicultural society that has managed to incorporate successive waves of immigration without significant strife. On the other hand, Catalonia is strongly shaped by the resilience of patterns of collective belonging based on a shared historical trajectory — in spite of their lacking operative institutional structures for most of the 19th and 20th centuries, Catalans have been remarkably successful in reclaiming and readopting a singular tradition as a people. The most significant recent chapter in this trajectory has been the rising claim to sovereignty, which reflects the continuity and strength of a common identity project, even if this project has not remained uncontested.
The course will focus on Catalonia’s complex diversity and on the intricacies that underlie its political articulation. From a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective, it will offer the methodological orientation that is required for interpreting the interplay of culture and politics on a thick, contextually informed basis. The Catalan experience offers evidence of how the tension between the “communitarian” rootedness and the “cosmopolitan” openness of shared civic identities can be tackled in productive ways that point beyond hegemonic nation-state narratives.
Knowledge of Catalan and Spanish will be helpful, but not required.