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Spanish and Portuguese, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Programs

Courses: Catalan Language & Culture

All the Catalan language courses offered by the Catalan Studies program are conceived to enable students to acquire notions of Catalan language in different levels through task-based daily communicative situations. The courses' practical nature will promote both the apprentice's participation and interaction in order to facilitate communication in different socio-cultural contexts. These course will develop the student's capacity focused on the student's individuality in order to achieve a progressive mastery of the four main skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking through real life situations and the creation of a personal project.

CATALAN 246 - Intensive Intermediate Catalan
This course is conceived to enable students to acquire an intermediate command of the Catalan language through task-based daily communicative situations. The instructor will provide the necessary tools to guarantee an autonomous learning process focused on the student’s individuality. The course’s practical nature will promote both the apprentice’s participation and interaction in order to facilitate communication in different socio-cultural contexts. This course will develop the student’s capacity in order to achieve a progressive mastery of the four main skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

CATALAN 311 - Advanced Intermediate Catalan
This course has been designed as a continuation of the Intensive Intermediate Catalan course. In this course students will develop the skills of an advanced intermediate level of the Catalan language. This course gives especial importance to the practice of writing and speaking in Catalan. Many of the sessions will be dedicated to oral practice, students will learn different intermediate and advanced grammar aspects and will work systematically on vocabulary taken from very recent newspaper articles.

CATALAN 321 - Catalan Culture.
This course is an overview of the Catalan Culture including six important and influential aspects of the Catalan culture and society: literature, cinema, art, music, gastronomy and traditions. Through this course you will be able to discover a rich, unique and very interesting culture that includes important characters such as: Mercè Rodoreda, Quim Monzó, Salvador Dalí, Picasso, Isabel Coixet, Cesc Gay... This course will be a good chance not only to enjoy some excellent novels, films and other works, but also to widen our perception and knowledge on Peninsular cultures.

CATALAN 378 - Catalan Phonetics
This course is an overview of the sound system of Catalan. Students will learn the sound system of Catalan throughout the semester, comparing and contrasting it with the sound system of English. We will focus on topics such as orthography, syllabification, accentuation, natural sound classes, the vocalic system of Catalan and the consonant system of Catalan. Special attention will also be paid to dialectal variation within the Catalan-speaking world. Attention will also be paid to pronunciation, and students will learn to carry out very basic phonetic analyses in Praat in order to improve their pronunciation of Catalan.

CATALAN 520 - Old Catalan Literature (Lloret)
Life in medieval and Renaissance courts entailed many social obligations, such as composing, hearing, and reading out loud love songs, hate poems, chivalric romances, and heroic histories for fellow court-mates, enemies, lovers, friends, and family. This course looks at examples of Catalan literature written in the courts of the Crown of Aragon between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, and studies the cultural dynamics of such social setting. Readings include songs of the Occitan troubadours, Ramon Llull's pious romance Blaquerna and his treatise on chivalry, the autobiography of King James I, soldier Ramon Muntaner's travel writing, Bernat Metge?s allegorical romance and political dialogue, and the chivalrous adventures of Curial, Gáelfa, and Tirant lo Blanc. Taught in English. One of the goals of this class is achieving reading competence in Old Catalan and Old Occitan. Texts will be provided in the original language and in translation.

CATALAN 521 - Modern Catalan Literature (Molla)
We will read and analyze some relevant works in contemporary Catalan fiction such as: El quadern gris written by Josep Pla (one of the finest Europeans prosists of his time) or La plaça del Diamant by Mercè Rodoreda; a novel that, according to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "is the most beautiful novel published in Spain after the Civil War". Other authors to be read are Baltasar Porcel, Jesús Moncada, Salvador Espriu, Quim Monzé and Albert Sánchez Piñol. This course will be a good chance not only to enjoy some excellent novels and short stories, but also to widen our perception and knowledge on Peninsular literatures. The course will be conducted in Spanish, and all the novels are available in either Spanish or English translation. We will even try to read some fragments in Catalan!

CATALAN 597T - Catalan Cinema. (team taught Zecchi and Molla) Offered in combination with the Catalan Film Festival). 1 credit, Pass-Fail. Spanish cinema started in Catalunya with two important schools: the realistic school led by Fructuós Gelabert; and the fantastic trend represented by Segundo de Chomón. After the silence forced upon Catalan cinema during Franco's dictatorship in the 40's and 50's, it started to regain an important role in the film industry with the Barcelona School in the mid 60's. Presently Catalan Cinema enjoys a strong recognition thanks to the works of well-known Catalan directors such as Bigas Luna, Ventura Pons and Isabel Coixet, among others. Class meets once a week for three hours. Students are in charge of twenty minutes film introductions and to moderate discussions. Attendance is mandatory. Films are shown in the original language (Catalan or Castilian) w/ English subtitles.