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Undergraduate Course: Catalan Culture and Society 2: From 1975 to the Present (ELCH08022)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide an interdisciplinary introduction to the culture, politics and society in the Catalan speaking world from the establishment of democracy in 1978 to the present day. Catalan Culture will be explored through the study of literary texts, graffiti and performance art, music and film in their socio-political and historical context. This course will be taught in English.
Course description This course will provide an interdisciplinary survey of the culture and politics of the Catalan speaking world from the beginning of the democratic period to the present. The changes that democracy brought will cover the crisis of hegemonic models of masculinity from a postmodernist perspective, a feminist approach to same-sex relationship and motherhood and the rise of pop and rock music in Catalan in the 1990s. The documentary Under Construction will problematise the social and economic inequalities in the city of Barcelona at the turn of the century.

The study of the twenty-first century will cover the current political tensions. The pro-independence movement will be examined by discussing highly politicised graffiti art and documentaries. Finally, contemporary short stories, performance art and animation short films will explore notions of gender identity (including non-binary and transgender), immigration, childhood and ethics.

Students will actively contribute to seminars and groups discussions, develop team work ethics and oral and written analytical skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs £15-20
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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Presentation (group assessment) 10% «br /»
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Commentary (800 words) 35% «br /»
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Essay (1,000 words) 45% «br /»
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Class performance 10%
Feedback There will be a formative written exercise.

Feedback will be given in written form for all the written assignments.

There will be continuous oral feedback in class both for group work and individuals.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply analytical and communication and presentation skills through group discussions and individual presentations on aspects of literature and history.
  2. Engage with critical approaches to Catalan culture assessing the relationship between its history, politics, society and aspects of cultural expression.
  3. Apply knowledge of the background to the cultural and artistic expression of Catalonia, the Valencian Community and the Balearic Islands.
  4. Thoroughly consider the present of Catalonia in relation to the past and understand the wider role of culture and memory in the shaping of a nation's development as well as its political institutions.
  5. Evaluate and compare different kinds of Catalan audiovisual and written materials.
Reading List

GUERÍN, José Luis, dir. (2000). En Construcción [Work in Progress], Ovídeo TV. (documentary)

MARÇAL, Maria-Mercè (2014). The Body¿s Reason, London, Francis Boutle Publishers.

MONZÓ, Quim (2007). The Enormity of the Tragedy, Tonbridge, Peter Owen Ltd.

SÁNCHEZ PIÑOL, Albert (2006). Cold Skin, Edinburgh, Canongate Books.


ARCHER, Robert (1993). Catalan Literature, Madrid, Vox/AHS.

BUFFERY, Helena and Carlotta CAULFIELD (ed.), (2014). Barcelona Visual Culture, Space and Power, Cardiff, University of Wales.

COLOM-MONTERO, Guillem (2021) Quim Monzó and Contemporary Catalan Culture (1975¿2018): Cultural Normalization, Postmodernism and National Politics, Legenda, Cambridge.

CRAMERI, Kathryn (2000). Language, the Novelist and National Identity in Post-Franco Catalonia, Oxford, Legenda.

CRAMERI, Kathryn (2008) Catalonia: National Identity and Cultural Policy 1980-2003, Cardiff, University of Wales Press.

CRAMERI, Kathryn (2014). Goodbye, Spain? The Question of Independence for Catalonia, Brighton, Sussex Academic Press.

DOWLING, Andrew (2013). Catalonia since the Spanish Civil War: Reconstructing the Nation, Brighton, Sussex Academic Press.

EVERLY, Kathryn A. (2003). Catalan Women Writers and Artists: Revisionist Views from a Feminist Space, London, Bucknell University Press.

GUIBERNAU, Montserrat (2004). Catalan Nationalism: Francoism, Transition, and Democracy, London, Routledge.

KEOWN, Dominic (ed.), (2011). A Companion to Catalan Culture, Woodbridge, Támesis.

MAY, Stephen (2012). Language and Minority Rights: Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Politics of Language, New York and London, Routledge.

PAYNE, John (2003). Catalonia: History and Culture, Nottingham, Five Leaves.

Further Reading

BALCELLS, Albert (1996). Catalan Nationalism: Past and Present, New York, St. Martin¿s Press.

BLAU, Herbert (1992). To All Appearances: Ideology and Performance, New York, Routledge.

DOWLING, Andrew (2014). ¿Accounting for the Turn towards Secession in Catalonia¿, International Journal of Iberian Studies, 27:2, 219-34.

EAUDE, Michael (2007). Catalonia: A Cultural History, Oxford, Signal Books Ltd.

FELDMAN, Sharon G. (2009). In the Eye of the Storm: Contemporary Theater in Barcelona, Lewisburg, Bucknell University Press.

GINER, Salvador (1980). The Social Structure of Catalonia, Sheffield, The Anglo-Catalan Society.

GUIBERNAU, Montserrat (2006). ¿National Identity, Devolution and Secession in Canada, Britain and Spain¿, Nations and Nationalism, 12, 51-76.

HARGREAVES, John (2000). Freedom for Catalonia? Catalan Nationalism, Spanish Identity and the Barcelona Olympic Games, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

KEATING, Michael (2001). Nations against the State: The New Politics of Nationalism in Quebec, Catalonia and Scotland, Basingstoke, Palgrave.

LLOBERA, Josep R. (2004). Foundations of National Identity: From Catalonia to Europe, Oxford, Berghahn Books.

MAR-MOLINERO, Clare (2000). The Politics of Language in the Spanish-Speaking World: From Colonisation to Globalisation, London, Routledge.

MARFANY, Joan-Lluís (2005). ¿Religion and the Survival of ¿Minority¿ Languages: The Catalan Case¿, Social History, 30, 154-74.

McROBERTS, KENNETH (2001). Catalonia: Nation Building without a State, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

SOBRER, Josep Miquel (ed.) (1992). Catalonia: A Self-Portrait, Indianapolis, Indiana University Press.

TRUETA, Josep. The Spirit of Catalonia (London: Oxford University Press, 1946)

WEBBER, Jude and Miquel STRUBELL i TRUETA (1991). The Catalan Language, Sheffield, The Anglo-Catalan Society.

TERRY, Arthur (2003). A Companion to Catalan Literature, London, Támesis.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On Completion of this course, student will be able to:

be sensitive to and understand¿the diversity in people from different communities, genders and backgrounds.

communicate complex ideas and arguments in oral and written form.

think independently and come up with their own lines of arguments.

Conduct research and enquiry into specific areas of knowledge.
Course organiserDr Sergi Mainer
Tel: (0131 6)50 8966
Course secretaryMr Callum Lennie
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