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 21300 La Memòria Històrica a Catalunya
While discussing Spain’s bloody 20th century has been a social taboo in Spain for decades, a group of activists, survivors, and historians are developing “memòria històrica,” often called “collective memory” in English, as an alternative understanding of the past that seeks to validate the experiences of the victims of the Spanish Civil War and hold their assailants accountable. This class considers what “memòria històrica” means in Catalonia. Whose history is being uncovered and how? And how does Catalan language, culture, and identity play into the “memòria històrica” being developed? Using texts, literature, and media in Catalan, Spanish, and English, students will explore the multifaceted ways Catalan activists have recovered their own history. Students will also review advanced grammatical structures, write a number of essays, and participate in multiple class debates. Course taught in Catalan.
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. Course taught in English.
CATA 21900 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. Course taught in English.
CATA 31700 La novela histórica del presente
Narratives of recovery and transmission of the historical past play a prominent role in contemporary fiction. In the case of the literatures of Spain —in Basque, Catalan, Galician, and Spanish — the attention given by novelists to the memory of the Civil War, the dictatorship, and the Transition to democracy is such that it could be argued that a new form of historical novel, a sort of “historical novel of the present” (which founds its counterpart in the “history of the present” that has emerged as a booming field among historians), has become one of the dominant modes of postmodern fictional writing. In this course we will explore this recent development in historical fiction through the analysis of a number of works published in the last thirty years.
CATA 22350/CATA 32350 Speaking Truth to Power in Medieval Iberia
In the multilingual and multireligious environment of the Iberian middle ages, poetry can express many things. And while literary history has granted a prestigious space to some of these things, such as love or spirituality, it has consistently neglected others, such as socio-political satire or vulgarity. This class will be paying attention to that other less talked-about poetry that gets into the political struggles of the period, that talks in profanities about profane things. In other words, the poetry that does not speak to the eternity of existence, but that gets its hands dirty with earthly matters. The poetry that savagely mocks and cuts through social conventions in a way that makes seem contemporary Twitter trolls benevolent in comparison. For this class we will be reading authors who wrote in Galician-Portuguese such as Joao Soares de Paiva or King Alfonso X, authors who wrote in Catalan such as Guillem de Bergueda or Ramon Vidal de Besalu, and authors who wrote in Spanish such as Juan Ruiz or Juan de Mena. Translations to Spanish will be provided or worked though class discussion.