The seminar taught by Dr. Krauel will investigate how consensus and conflict have played out in Catalan culture from 1898 to 1978. By focusing on momentous events in twentieth-century Catalan history, students will explore how cultural works (essay, narrative, poetry, and photography) respond to, and engage, social antagonisms. By paying special attention to social categorizations of class and nation, they will discuss works that will help them understand how some of Catalonia’s most prominent social theorists, novelists, poets, and visual artists responded to the crises and changes undergone by their societies (possible events include the Cuban-Spanish-American War of 1898, the deathly confrontations between the Spanish army and the Barcelona working class during the Tragic Week in 1909, the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, and the Spanish Transition to democracy in 1975-1978).
Dr. Javier Krauel's research focuses on the theory of emotions and on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish and Catalan cultures. His first book, Imperial Emotions: Cultural Responses to Myths of Empire in Fin-de-Siècle Spain (Liverpool UP, 2013), reconsiders debates about historical memory from the perspective of the theory of emotions. His second book project, Francisco Ayala o la pasión distante. Un intelectual en tiempos oscuros (1929-1949), employs the methods of the history of emotions to reconstruct Francisco Ayala’s trajectory as a public intellectual . He has also written on the essayistic tradition of national self-reflection, the relationship between World War I and the Spanish Civil War, and the emotional dimension of political movements.
The Mercè Rodoreda Chair for Catalan Language and Literature, created in 2003 and funded by Institut Ramon Llull, each semester offers a course in Catalan literature and culture, or a course in Catalan sociolinguistics, alternatively, as part of the PhD Program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures at the Graduate Center - CUNY.
Javier Krauel, “Consensus and Conflict in Catalan Culture (from 1898 to 1978)”
The Mercè Rodoreda Chair, Graduate Center - CUNY
Spring Semester 2020
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