Spain & Catalonia face to face. History, Literature and Arts within two European national traditions
During the long period considered, the relationship between Spain and Catalonia has passed from aversion and misunderstanding to acceptance and understanding, hardly to sympathy. Emphasis on giving students a "longue durée" viewpoint on Spanish-Catalan relations in a European and Mediterranean framework. Political concerns, especially in the Romantic period, are largely mediated by literature, the arts and other cultural venues. Will emphasize cross-cultural references while considering the following topics: 1. Maragall and the Iberianist tradition, 2. "Modernisms" in and out the Iberian peninsula, 3. Avant-Garde movements in Spain and Catalonia, 4. Meditating in a desert: Catalan culture under Franco. Taught in Spanish. Readings in English and Spanish.