Catalan

The Ambiguity of the Periphery

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
371
Description: 

Franz Kafka's concept of "small literature" is still very useful to understand literary productivity in conflict areas in Europe. Catalonia is always seen as a country that has yet to find its place in Spain. Its uniqueness, however, when compared with other "peripheral" areas, especially with the cultures of Central Europe, is not an exception, but part of a general pattern. In literary terms, the margins of Europe are not invisible: from this perspective it is possible to understand the rich literary heritage of this continent. The course aims to compare the Catalan with other European peripheries through paired readings of Catalan and various European texts from different linguistic traditions, such as the German, the Italian, the Greek, the Czech and the Swedish (Bernhard, Lampedusa, Cavafy, Kundera, Enquist). Taught in Spanish; most readings available in English.

Instructor: 
Simona Škrabec Škrabec
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
M 2:15 PM - 5:05 PM

Catalonia's Literary Cartography

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
274
Description: 

Barcelona is a well known literary topic, but Catalan literature has also documented other areas of its geography, like the Pyrenees, the Ebro valley, the Balearic Islands ... It is interesting to note that two of the most notable international successes in recent years, Maria Barbal and Jaume Cabré, write specifically about rural areas. The course aims to trace the construction of literary cartography of Catalonia in the postwar literature. At the same time, however, we will try to understand why some authors have abandoned urban areas to establish their stories in marginal places, indefinite and forgotten. This tendency is not characteristic only for the Catalan literature, but it is also visible in the contemporary literature in general. Taught in Spanish; most readings available in English.

Instructor: 
Simona Škrabec Škrabec
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
TTh 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Patrizio Rigobon

portrait: Sylke Tempel
Office Hours: 
by appointment

Patrizio Rigobon was born in Mogliano Veneto (Treviso, Italy) in 1959. He graduated with a degree in "Spanish Language and Literature" in 1984 from the University of Venice and got his PhD in "Iberian Studies" from Bologna University in 1991. From then on he taught "Spanish Literature" at Bologna University where he also started a course of "Catalan Language and Literature" in 1996. In 1999 he was at the University of Trieste as a professor of "Spanish Contemporary History" and in 2001 he took over the courses of "Catalan Language and Literature" at the University of Venice. In 2004 he also taught a course of "Romance Philology" at the same University. 

He has mainly dedicated himself to the study of contemporary Catalan and Spanish Literatures with a specific interest in translation. He has translated into Italian several Catalan and Spanish contemporary writers such as Perucho, Espriu, Roig, Sánchez Piñol, Puntí, Baulenas, De Palol, Albert, Punset, De Pedrolo, Baixauli and Mihura. 

Professor Rigobon is a member of the editorial board of two scholarly reviews on Iberian topics published in Italy: "Spagna Contemporanea" (Turin) and "Rassegna Iberistica" (Venice and Rome) and has also contributed to the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. He is now editor of the Rivista Italiana di Studi Catalani which he founded in 2010 along with the other members of the board of the Associazione Italiana di Studi Catalani (AISC), an Italian society devoted to the study of the Catalan culture. In 2009 he was awarded the Pompeu Fabra Prize of the Generalitat de Catalunya for the advancement and spreading of the Catalan language abroad. In 2011 he was awarded the “Josep M. Batista i Roca Prize” for promoting Catalan culture in Italy. While he was in charge of the chair of the AISC, the society was awarded the Ramon Llull International Prize (2011) for its distinguished engagement for catalan culture. He is the author of nearly 100 publications (papers, articles, essays etc.). 

Education: 

1984: B.A. (Spanish Language and Literature), University of Venice, Italy

1986-88: University of Padua, Italy

1991: PhD. (Iberian Studies), Bologna University, Italy

Language(s): 
Catalan

Spain and Catalonia face to face. History, Literature and the Arts within two European national traditions (1893-1975)

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
217
Description: 

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.

Instructor: 
Patrizio Rigobon
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2012-13
Day/Time: 
M 2:15p-5:05p

Literature and Politics - Two Mediterranean Cases: Catalonia and Italy

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
122
Crosslisted as: 
ITALIAN 136
Description: 

A comparison between the different roles played by writers as members of the intellectual establishment in Catalonia, Spain and Italy.  Focus on the relation between intellectuals and politics in shaping national identity. We will give especially consideration to the role played by intellectuals during the Fascist and Francoist dictatorships and during Spain's transition to democracy. Taught in English.

Instructor: 
Patrizio Rigobon
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2012-13
Day/Time: 
MW 10:00a-11:30a

Jami-Lin L. Williams

Office Hours: 
by appointment
Education: 

B.A. in English and Spanish, Wellesley College, magna cum laude 2011. Honors Thesis in Spanish: Espacio. Conflicto. Identidad.: Cuatro itinerarios por la Barcelona de posguerra.

Language(s): 
Catalan
Language(s): 
Spanish

Guinevere Allen

portrait: Nicholas  Jenkins
Contact: 

guinevere.allen@stanford.edu

Office Hours: 
by appointment
Curriculum Vitae: 

Guinevere completed her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. She was the recipient of the Cervantes Prize for Literary Excellence, the John Walsh Award for Academic Excellence, and the Una Fellowship of History for Ph.D. research in the area of medieval Iberian studies. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Stanford University in the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures. Her recent invited lectures at Stanford have covered the topics of the medieval Iberian lyric of the kharja and cantigas d’amigo and the court lyric of las Cantigas de Santa Maria during the reign of Alfonso X. Her publications include: Alfonso X and the Jews: An Edition of and Commentary on Siete Partidas 7.24 “De los judios” and La metáfora semítica en los cantares de Salomón. Her current research focus is on developing a theory of hermeneutics that accounts for prosody in the dialogic metrics of medieval song book codices and early modern baroque aesthetics.

Education: 

B.A. University of California Berkeley 2010

Una Fellowship of History, Research Fellow, University of California Berkeley 2011

Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University 2011 - 

Language(s): 
Arabic
Language(s): 
Catalan
Language(s): 
Spanish

Crosing the Atlantic: Catalans in Mexico, 1939

Date: 
Friday, 7 October 2011 - 9:00am - 6:30pm
Location: 
Terrace Room, Building 460 - Margaret Jacks Hall
Language: 
Catalan
Language: 
Spanish

9:00-9:15 AM Opening Remarks by Mr.    Carlos Ponce Martinez , Consul General of Mexico in San Jose, CA

Margalida Pons Jaume

portrait: DLCL Admin
Office Hours: 
by appointment

Margalida Pons is an associate professor at the University of the Balearic Islands, where she has been teaching a wide range of courses on Catalan Literature, Literary Theory, and Comparative Literature since 1996. She has written a number of studies on 20th century poetry and experimental literature. Her publications include, among others, Blai Bonet: maneres del color (1993), Els poetes insulars de postguerra (1998), Corrents de la poesia insular del segle XX (2010), and, as an editor or co-editor, (Des)aïllats: narrativa contemporània i insularitat a les Illes Balears (2004), Textualisme i subversió: formes i condicions de la narrativa experimental catalana (1970-1985) (2007),  Poètiques de ruptura (2008), Literatura i cultura. Aproximacions comparatistes (2009) and Transformacions: literature i canvi sociocultural dels anys setanta ençà (2010). She has been visiting professor at Brown University. She leads the research group LiCETC (http://www.uib.es/depart/dfc/litecont/), which focuses on literary experimentation and interdiciplinarity.

Language(s): 
Catalan
Language(s): 
Spanish

Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literatures

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
157
Description: 

Survey of literature in Spanish from the early modern period. Course will draw on transatlantic literature. Taught in Spanish; prerequisite: SPANLANG 13 or equivalent. UG Reqs: GER:DBHum

Instructor: 
Christopher Kenneth Kark
Instructor: 
Lisa Surwillo
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
MW 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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