Contemporary Barcelona and its Cultural History
Universidad Pompeu Fabra
Area of Study
Anthropology, History, Spanish Culture
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewLanguage of Instruction: EnglishCourse Contact Hours: 45Recommended Credit: 5 ECTS creditsCourse Prerequisites: NoneLanguage Requirements: NoneCourse Description:Click here to watch a video of the UPF professor describing the course in their own words!Throughout its history, the city of Barcelona has undergone dramatic andintriguing changes. From an industrial city characterized by textile factories andlow life expectancies that gained an international reputation as a hotbed ofworking-class agitation, it became transformed into a cosmopolitan city within aglobalized world, boasting an enviable urban plan adorned with gems from thefin-de-siècle modernist movement to contemporary international architects. Thiscourse will penetrate and analyze this glossy and gritty city by focusing on itscultural history during the past two centuries. In so doing, we will employ crossdisciplinarymethods. In addition to readings in history, we will surveyperspectives from urban, Hispanic, and cultural studies as well as anthropologyand sociology. We will combine the critical study of "high" or "bourgeois" culturewith an analysis of popular, working-class, immigrant and consumer culture. Thecourse will include a number of on-site visits so that students interactdynamically with the urban environment. We will also discuss contemporaryissues facing the city today.Learning Objectives:At the end of the course, the student:- will have acquired survey knowledge of the history of Barcelona fromthe Enlightenment to the present.- will have developed critical skills needed to analyze high and popularculture, art, and architecture in an urban environment.- will have become versed in contemporary issues facing Barcelonesetoday.Course Workload:The course is divided into lectures, discussions, and field studies. Since this is anintensive summer course, students should be prepared to read between 100 to200 pages per week.Methods of Instruction:The course includes both lectures and field studies. Two-hour class sessions arenormally divided into one-hour lecture and one-hour seminar. Students areexpected to treat field studies in the same manner as lectures, by taking notesand assuming the requisite academic responsibilities.In addition, students will be required to undertake one field study on their own.They will be recquired to take a guided tour of the Palau de la Música(http://www.palaumusica.cat/ca/) or visit the Hospital Sant Pau(http://www.santpaubarcelona.org/en/visits) for which they will be reimbursed.Failure to attend will be counted as a classroom absence.Books for Purchase:All required readings will be contained in a coursepack available for purchase.Method of AssessmentClass Participation: 33 percentPaper: 33 percentFinal Exam: 33 percentTopics Covered:1. The Barcelona Model2. The Making of a Nation3. The Industrious City4. The Industrial City5. The Cosmopolitan City6. The Defeated City7. The Resurgent CityAbsence Policy:Absences PenalizationUp to two (2) absences No penalization.Three (3) absences 1 point subtracted from final grade(on a 10 point scale)Four (4) absences 2 points subtracted from final grade(on a 10 point scale)Five (5) absences or more The student receives an INCOMPLETEfor the courseThe UPF Summer School attendance policy does not distinguish betweenjustified or unjustified absences. The student is deemed responsible to managehis/her absences. Emergency situations (hospitalization, family emergency, etc.)will be analyzed on a case by case basis by the Academic Director of the UPFSummer School.Classroom Norms:- No food or drink is permitted.- There will be a ten-minute break during the class.- Students may not consult mobile phones or use computers in class,except for taking notes and following powerpoint presentations.Course Contents and Required Readings:Session 1: Course DescriptionReview of syllabus, classroom requirements, and expectations.Overview of course contents.Session 2: The Barcelona Model IIntroduction to the Barcelona Model.Is there a relationship between the Barcelona Model and Catalansecessionism?Reading: Mellissa Rossi, ?The Barcelona Model,? NewsweekInternational (2 February 2004); Raphael Minder, "Catalonia Calls Electionin New Bid for Secession from Spain," New York Times (4 August 2015);and "Catalonia's New Leader Vows to Continue Secessionist Drive," NewYork Times (10 January 2016).Session 3: The Barcelona Model IIUrban planners and the Barcelona Model.Balancing cosmopolitan ideas and local identities.Reading: Lawrence A. Herzog, ??City of Architects?: Public Space andthe Resurgence of Barcelona? in Return to the Center: Culture, PublicSpace, and City Building in the Global Era, ed. Lawrence A. Herzog(Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006), 91-104; Antoni Luna-Garcia,?Just another Coffee! Milking the Barcelona Model, Marketing a GlobalImage, and the Restoration of Local Identities,? in Consuming theEntrepreneurial City: Image, Memory, Spectacle, ed. Anne M. Cronin andKevin Hetherington (London: Routledge, 2007), 143-160.Session 4: The Barcelona Model IIIGlobalization and commodification: Barcelona in a post-industrialeconomy and the problem of tourist-dependencyReading: Mari Paz Balibrea, ?Urbanism, Culture, and the Post-Industrialcity: Challenging the ?Barcelona Model,?? in Journal of SpanishCultural Studies, 2, no. 2 (2001): 187-210; Ian Mount, "Besieged byTourists, Barcelona Rolls up the Welcome Mat," Financial Times (August7, 2015). http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/129dae26-3690-11e5-bdbb-35e55cbae175.html#axzz44yDELixT. "Radical Mayors of Madrid andBarcelona take on Tourism and Luxury," Newseeek (8 July 2015).Session 5: The Barcelona Model IVCritiquing the model: poverty and immigration.Movie: Alejandro González Iñarritu, Biutiful, 2 hours, 28 minutes.Reading: Benjamin Fraser, "A Biutiful City: Alejandro González Iñárritu'sFilmic Critique of 'The Barcelona Model," Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, v.9, no. 2 (2012): 19-34.Session 6: The Barcelona Model VComplicating the Model: the inner city versus the outer barris; thetwentieth versus the twenty-first century; environmental issues and theproblem of sustainability.Reading: Ismael Blanco, "Does a Barcelona Model Really Exist? Periods,Territories and Actors in the Process of Urban Transformation," LocalGovernment Studies, 35, no. 3 (2009): 355-369; Mónica Degen andMarísol García, "The Transformation of the Barcelona Model: An Analysisof Culture, Urban Regeneration, and Governance," International Journalof Urban and Regional Research, 36.5 (2012): 1022-38; Gary WrayMcDonogh, ?Learning from Barcelona: Discourse, Power, and Praxis inthe Sustainable City,? in City and Society 23, no. 2 (2011): 135-53.Session 7: The Making of a NationMedieval and early modern roots of contemporary modernity.Reading: J.H. Elliott, "Castile and Aragon" and "The Ordered Society" inThe Revolt of the Catalans: A Study in the Decline of Spain, 1598-1640(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1963), pp. 1-48.Session 8: The Industrious City IEnlightenment Barcelona: textiles, prints, coffee, tobacco, and sugar.Urban romanticism in poetry, art, and architecture.Reading: Robert Hughes, Selections from "Blind with a Love forLanguage," 289-306; and ?Going to the Fair,? in Barcelona (New York:Vintage, 1992), 323-343, 354-373.Session 9: The Industrious City IIPopulation explosion, urban transformation, and consumer culture.The tearing down of the walls and the creation of the Eixample.Reading: Montserrat Miller, "Mirrors of Urban Growth: Market Buildingthrough the Long-Nineteenth Century," and "Consumer Culture in theCity and its Markets," in Feeding Barcelona, 1714-1975: Public MarketHalls, Social Networks, and Consumer Culture (Baton Rouge: LouisianaState Press, 2015).Session 10: The Industrial City IClass and culture in the city during the industrial era.Field study: Museu d?Història de Catalunya (http://www.mhcat.net)Hand in Papers.Session 11: The Industrial City IIThe bourgeois spatial and cultural transformation of the city.From revolutionary liberalism to Catalan nationalismReading: Joan Ramon Resina, ?The Bourgeois City,? in Barcelona?sVocation of Modernity: Rise and Decline of an Urban Image (Stanford:Stanford University Press, 2008), 10-62.Session 12: The Industrial City IIIBarcelona industry becomes cosmopolitan: The World's Fair of 1888.Reading: Stephen Jacobson, ?Interpreting Municipal Celebrations ofNation and Empire: The Barcelona Universal Exhibition of 1888,? inNationalism and the Reshaping of Urban Communities, ed. WilliamWhyte and Oliver Zimmer (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011), 74-109.Session 13: The Cosmopolitan City IThe architectural and artistic boom.Reading: Colm Toiben, ?City without Walls,? ?A Dream of Gaudí,??Picasso?s Quarter,? and "Miró in Barcelona," in Homage to Barcelona(London: Simon & Schuster, 1990), 30-96.Session 14: The Cosmopolitan City IIThe "roaring twenties" in Barcelona.Reading: Robert Davidson, ?Vantage Point: Barcelona?s Mirador (1929-31)? in Jazz Age Barcelona (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011),104-40.Session 15: The Cosmopolitan City III"The Rose of the Fire": Anarchism and republican popular culture in thebourgeois city.Reading: Chris Ealham, ?The Making of a Divided City? and ?Mappingthe Working Class City? in Class, Culture, and Conflict in Barcelona,1898-1937 (London: Routledge, 2004), 1-53.Session 16: The Cosmopolitan City IVThe end of the cosmopolitan era: The World's Fair of 1929Field Study: Visit to the World's Fair site of 1929.Session 17: The Defeated CityBarcelona, the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist Repression.Street, youth, and immigrant culture amid urban poverty.Readings: Juan Marsé, Shanghai Nights, trans. Nick Castor (London:Vintage Books, 2007; original edition, 1998), 1-51.Session 18: The Resurgent CityStudent, popular, and immigrant culture during the transition todemocracyThe Barcelona Model in Historical Perspective.Catch-up day, lecture, and review for final exam.Session 19: Final ExamSession 20: Concluding MattersRecommended bibliography:In addition to the articles, chapters, and books cited above, students areencouraged to consult the following sources on their own.James S. Amelang, ?Comparing Cities? A Barcelona Model,? Urban History 34(2007): 173-89.Josep Maria Anaud et al., Barcelona Contemporánea (1856-1996) /Contemporary Barcelona (1856-1996) (Barcelona, Centre de CulturaContemporània de Barcelona, 1996)Joan Busquets, Barcelona: The Urban Evolution of a Compact City (Cambridge,MA: Harvard University Press, 2005)Antònia Casellas, ?Barcelona?s Urban Landscape: The Historical Making of aTourist Product,? Journal of Urban History, 35, no. 6 (2009): 815-32.Brian Chalkey and Stephen Essex, ?Urban Development through HostingInternational Events: The Barcelona Olympic Games,? Planning Perspectives, 14(1999): 369-94.Robert A. Davidson, ?Observing the City, Mediating the Mountain: Mirador andthe 1929 International Exhibition of Barcelona,? in Visualizing SpanishModernity, ed. Susan Larson and Eva Woods (Oxford: Berg, 2005), 228-244.Chris Ealham, ?The Myth of the Maddened Crowd: Class, Culture and Space inthe Revolutionary Urbanistic Project in Barcelona, 1936-37,? in Splintering ofSpain: Cultural History and the Spanish Civil War (Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 2005).Michael Eaude, Catalonia: A Cultural History (Oxford: Signal Books, 2007)A.G. Espuche et. al., ?Modernization and Urban Beautification: The 1888Barcelona World Fair,? in Planning Perspectives 6, no. 2 (1991).Féliz Fanès, ?Joan Miró 1929: High and Low Culture in Barcelona and Paris,?Visualizing Spanish Modernity, ed. Susan Larson and Eva Woods (Oxford: Berg,2005), 245-62.UPF Study Abroad Program 20169Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Barcelona. A Thousand Years of the City?s Past(London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1991)Helen Graham, ?Against the State: A Geneology of Barcelona?s May Days(1937),? European History Quarterly, 29, no. 4 (1999): 485-542.J.E.R. Hargreaves, Freedom for Catalonia? Catalan Nationalism, Spanish Identityand the Barcelona Olympic Games (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,2000)John Hargreaves and Manuel Garcia Ferrando, ?Public Opinion, NationalIntegration and Identity in Spain: The Case of the Barcelona Olympic Games,?Nations and Nationalism, 3, no. 1 (1997): 65-87.F. Xavier Hernàndez, The History of Catalonia (Barcelona: Dalmau, 2007)Temma Kaplan, Red City, Blue Period: Social Movements in Picasso?s Barcelona(Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993)Tim Marshall ed., Transforming Barcelona (London: Routledge, 2004)Gary Wray McDonogh, ?Barcelona: Forms, Images, and Conflicts,? Journal ofUrban History 20 (2010): 1-7.Gary Wray McDonogh, Good Families of Barcelona: A Social History of Power inthe Industrial Era (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989)Francisco-Javier Monclús, ?The Barcelona Model: and an Original formula? FromReconstruction to Strategic Urban Projects (1979-2004),? 18, no. 4 (2003): 399-421.Roser Nicolau-Nos and Josep Pujol-Andreu, "Urbanization and Dietary Change inEurope: Barcelona, 1870-1935," in Food and the City in Europe since 1800(Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007).George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia (original edition, 1952; multiple editionsavailable).UPF Study Abroad Program 201610José Luis Oyón, ?The Split of a Working-Class City: Urban Space, Immigration,and Anarchism in Inter-War Barcelona, 1914-1936,? Urban History 36 (2009):86-112.Oriol Pi-Sunyer, ?Under Four Flags: The Politics of National Identity in theBarcelona Olympics,? Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 18, no. 1 (1995):35-56.William H. Robinson, Jordi Falgàs, and Carmen Belen Lord, eds. Barcelona andModernity: Picasso, Gaudí, Miró, Dalí. (New Haven, CT: Cleveland Museum of Artin association with Yale University Press, 2007).J. Romero Maura, ?Terrorism in Barcelona and its Impact on Spanish Politics,1904-1909,? Past and Present, 41 (1968): 130-83.Peter G. Rowe, Building Barcelona: A Second Renaixença (Barcelona: Actar, 2006)Michael Seidman, ?Work and Revolution: Worker?s Control in Barcelona duringthe Spanish Civil War,? Journal of Contemporary History, 17, no. 3 (1982): 409-33.Angel Smith ed. Red Barcelona: Social Protest and Labour Mobilization in theTwentieth Century (London: Routledge, 2002)J.K.J. Thomson, A Distinctive Industrialization: Cotton in Barcelona, 1728-1832(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)Ricard Zapata-Barrero, "Immigration, Self-Government and Management ofIdentity: The Catalan Case," in The Long March to the West: 21st CenturyMigration in Europe and the Greater Mediterranean Area, ed. Michael Korinmanand John Laughland (London: Vallentine, Mitchell and Co., 2007), 168-202.
Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.
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