This graduate seminar proposes an exploration of the fraught connection between political engagement and textual innovation in poetry written in and about 20th Century Spain. We will discuss key texts by Max Aub, Luis Cernuda, Rubén Darío, Antonio Gamoneda, Federico García Lorca, Antonio Machado, Pablo Neruda, Chus Pato, Tomás Segovia, and César Vallejo, among others. Focus on topics such as violence, testimony, memory, exile. Theoretical and critical readings include essays by T.W. Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Michel De Certeau, Paul Celan, Carolyn...
This course presents a diverse set of literary and cultural materials that will help understand Spain’s frequently contested Modernity. The guiding topic of discussion will be the conflicting definitions of Spanish national identity from the 18th to the 21stcenturies. Materials include short stories, philosophical and political essays, travelers’ letters, memoirs, journals, travelogues, films and poems.
Intermediate course introducing students to Catalan culture and boosting their oral and written skills through a wide range of resources, such as Internet, television, radio, and press. Students will get a taste of various aspects of Catalan culture: art, cinema, music, literature, traditions, cuisine, history, and more.
Conducted in Catalan. Not open to auditors. May not be taken Pass/Fail by undergraduates, but may be taken Sat/Unsat by GSAS students.
Through close readings and translations centering on 20th-century Spanish history and society, students hone their linguistic, grammatical, and stylistic skills, and acquire the interpretive skills required to comprehend and analyze increasingly complex literary and cultural texts. Course materials include short stories, poems, newspaper articles, memoirs, travel journals and historical essays.
Conducted in Spanish. Recommended for concentrators.
What’s the connection between fear, hate, pain and identity? To what extent are our personal and collective identities shaped by received ideas of “others”? Does questioning “others” help us understand our ideas of culture, nation, and polity? How do these questions help us understand our position in current political debates? What’s the value of asking these questions when we read modern literature about Spain? Najat El Hachmi will guide us in her turn-of-the-century journey of emancipation between Morocco and Barcelona. A journalist going by the...
An intermediate language and culture class that aims to consolidate and expand the skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing in Catalan. Includes a comprehensive review of the grammar and reinforces linguistic acquisition through texts, movies, art and multi-media projects to acquaint students with cultural issues relevant to the Catalan-speaking world.
This course offers a set of units that, while introducing critical topics of contemporary social, political, territorial, and artistic debates, teach the basics of Catalan language. By the end of the course students will be able to interact in daily situations with native speakers, read and write simple messages about themselves and others, and interpret cultural expressions and products.
Conducted in Catalan. Knowledge of another Romance language is useful but not essential. Not open to auditors...