Spanish and Portuguese | Catalan Literature
C450 | 14289 | Professor Edgar Illas
HISP-C 450 Catalan Literature (3 credits)
Prerequisite: C400 or consent of the instructor
Modern Catalan Literature
Modern Catalan literature constitutes an extraordinary cultural
event that, for multiple reasons, has remained marginal amidst the
great European literary traditions. Catalan literature and language
have played a central role in the political re-emergence of
Catalonia as “a nation without a state.” Given these historical
conditions, the Catalan literary tradition is a particularly
productive space to explore the always-puzzling relations between
literature and politics.
The course will survey the panorama of Catalan literature from
the nineteenth century to the present. Readings will exemplify all
important periods (Renaixença, modernisme, noucentisme, avantguarda,
postguerra, postmodernitat) and will include novels, short stories,
poetry and plays.We will focus on a good number of female writers.
Catalan women writers are especially significant, not only because
of their literary value, but perhaps also because, as poet Maria
Mercè Marçal put it, they often write subjugated in three main ways:
as women, as writers in a minority language, and as members of the
working classes. We will also read various general reflections on
the task of culture in Catalonia.
The course will be taught in Catalan. Students who have not
taken Catalan should seek the consent of the instructor. There will
be a mid-term and a final exam. Graduate students will present a
This course is offered jointly with C550.
HISP-C 450 #14289 11:15A-12:30P TR Room=TBA Professor Edgar Illas
Note: This course can fulfill the elective 300/400 level
requirement for the Spanish major.