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Orientations and Investigation in Catalan Literary Studies

Code: 42499 ECTS Credits: 10
Degree Type Year Semester
4313382 Advanced Studies in Catalan Language and Literature OT 0 1


Lluís Cabre Olle

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)


Lluís Quintana Trias
Francesc Foguet Boreu

External teachers

Josep Maria Domingo (UB)


Those who are asked to study the master's degree

Objectives and Contextualisation

This course offers analytical tools to understand how the history of Catalan literature has been built over the years. The aim is for the future researcher to identify the methodologies underlying the concepts of age, period and canon and the usefulness of these concepts for the understanding of literature (UB traching in particular). At the same time, this course provides a gallery of research case-studies (UAB teaching in particular) so that students may learn research methodologies and how to resort to research tools, which are equally useful to those wishing to work in the field of documentary cultural research in the media.


  • Apply the research methods of linguistics and literary studies.
  • Construct a well-argued critical evaluation of a linguistic or literary analysis.
  • Contextualise texts for analysis and production.
  • Continue the learning process, to a large extent autonomously
  • Show respect for the opinions, values, behaviours, and practice of other researchers and professionals.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Compare the different methodological approaches to the study of linguistic typology, the main typological classifications of natural languages and the theoretical principles underpinning the typologies.
  2. Continue the learning process, to a large extent autonomously
  3. Display knowledge of the great historical, cultural and literary movements.
  4. Distinguish and analyse historiographic methodologies
  5. Know the characteristics of critical argumentation and literary appraisal.
  6. Relate Catalan literary works to those of other literatures.
  7. Show respect for the opinions, values, behaviours, and practice of other researchers and professionals.
  8. Situate Catalan literary works in their historical, cultural and literary context, in relation to other European literary traditions.
  9.  Display knowledge of Catalan literary evolution .


											A) The building of the history of Catalan literature: the 19th century.
											Josep M. Domingo– 5 cr.
											Programmatic points
											1. Literary history as a genre. The history of literature as a provocation.
											2. Key issues in Catalan literary historiography: a repertoire.
											3. The nineteenth century in the Catalan literary canon.

4. Reconsiderations and rereadings. Issues 1. Historiography issues. About literary history. Historizing the nineteenth century. 2. Romanticism and Catalan literature. 3. The question of the "Renaixença". 4. The question of "Jocs Florals". 5. "Renaixença" and Catalan literature. 6. Catalan as a literary language. 7. Víctor Balaguer. Heterotopies of the "Renaixença". 8. Eighties literature and gender perspective. 9. The "Renaixença" in perspective: personal balance sheets. 10. The academic shadow. 11. Jacint Verdaguer. Itineraries in the canon. TEACHING AT THE UAB

											  B) Avenues of research
											  Lluís Cabré, Francesc Foguet, Lluís Quintana (UAB) -5 cr.
Several aspects will be dealt with by means of invited seminars.

1. (Lluís Cabré). Introduction (1). The origins of Catalan Philology. Manuscript codicology. The Biblioteca de Catalunya. The backbone of Catalan literary hostoriography: from Milà i Fontanals to the present day.

2. (Lluís Cabré i Lluís Quintana). Introduction (2). The histories of Catalan Literature. The diving force of those by Jordi Rubió i Balaguer (1949-58), Martí de Riquer (1964), Antoni Comas (1972) and Joaquim Molas (1984), andthe ongoing one (2013-, dir. Àlex Broch).

3. (Enric Cassany). Catalan literary criticism.

4. (Àlex Coroleu). The printing press (s. XV-XIX). Catalogues and databases.The study of paratexts and users' notes.

5. (Lluís Quintana). Editing an author's complete works (Joan Maragall). Readership, criteria, annotation.

6. (Manuel Jorba). Little-known archives at the Biblioteca de Catalunya. Unpublished materialand how to catalogue and make the most of it.

7. (To be determined) The study of a writer's intellectual biography.

8. (Lluís Cabré). Identyfing unknown texts, and the usage of the ARCA website and of documents kept in private collections (Fundació J.V. Foix).

9. (Antoni Isarch). The Thesis on an author. Tipology and challenges. 

10. (Francesc Foguet). Exploring documentary holdings for literary research (Institut del Teatre and Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya). The importance of hemeroteca.

11. (Mireia Sopena). Documents for the analysis of a publishing company (postwar examples).

12. (Gemma Bartolí). Proceedings and methodology of a recent Ph. D. Thesis.


Lectures, debates, exercises, writing assignments and personal study.

The teaching methodology and the evaluation proposed in the guide may undergo some modification subject to the onsite teaching restrictions imposed by health authorities.

Within the regular calendar of classes, 15' will be rserved for the students to fill in a questionnarie in order to assess both the teacher and the course unit concerned.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Participation and debates in class 50 2 1, 4, 6, 8
Type: Supervised      
Supervision and coaching 70 2.8 5, 4
Type: Autonomous      
Study and writing assignments 120 4.8 1, 5, 4, 6, 8


The competences of this subject will be evaluated through oral presentations (one for "Bloc A" and another for "Bloc B"), of which a short written script will be presented, and the active participation in the corresponding comments and debates. Individualized follow-up of the student will make these requirements slightly adaptable. The recovery system provides that different tests can be performed according to the student's learning needs, with the aim of recovering at least 50% of the activities performed.

On carrying out each evaluation activity, lecturers will inform students (on Moodle) of the procedures to be followed for reviewing all grades awarded, and the date on which such a review will take place.

To participate in the recovery the students must have been previously evaluated in a set of activities whose weight is equivalent to a minimum of two thirds of the total qualification of the subject, and must have achieved in set a rating between 3.5 and 4.9. The maximum grade for recovery is 5.  In order to pass the subject it is necessary to obtain a 5. 

The student will receive the grade "Not evaluable" if not has delivered more than 30% of the evaluation activities.  

In the event that the student commits any irregularity that could lead to a significant variation in the grade of an assessment act, this assessment act will be graded with 0, regardless of the disciplinary process that may be instructed. In the event of several irregularities in the assessment acts of the same subject, the final grade for this subject will be 0.  In the event that the tests cannot be carried out in person, their format will be adapted (maintaining their weighting) to the possibilities offered by the UAB’s virtual tools. Homework, activities and class participation will be done through forums, wikis and / or exercise discussions through Teams, ensuring that all students can access them.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Oral presentation (40% "bloc A"; 40% "bloc B") 80% 8 0.32 1, 5, 9, 3, 7, 4, 2, 6, 8
Participation in discussions (7,5 "bloc A"; 7,5 "bloc B") 15% 1 0.04 1, 5, 9, 3, 4, 2, 6, 8
Written summary of the oral presentation (2,5% "bloc A"; 2,5% "bloc B" 5% 1 0.04 1, 5, 9, 3, 4, 2, 6, 8



Specific bibliography will be indicated throughout the course.



Beltrán Almería, Luis & Reig, José Antonio (eds.), Teorías de la historia literaria, Madrid: Arco libros, 2005.

Molas, Joaquin (1984), "Sobre la periodització en les històries generals de la literatura catalana". En Symposium in honorem prof. M. de Riquer. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona; Quaderns Crema., ps. 257-276.


Rubió i Balaguer, Jordi, 1984-86 [or. en castellà 1949-58]. Història de la literatura catalana, 3 vols., Barcelona, PAM.

Riquer, Martí de, 1964. Història de la literatura catalana, vol I-III [s. XII-XVII], Barcelona, Ariel.

Comas, Antoni, 1972. Història de la literatura catalana, vol. IV [s. XVIII], Barcelona, Ariel.

Molas, Joaquim (dir.), 1984. Història de la literatura catalana, vol. VII-XI [s. XIX-XX], Barcelona, Ariel. [Edició del conjunt incorporant els volums de Riquer i Comas amb una distribució diferent: vol. I-VI].

Broch, Àlex (dir.), 2013-. Història de la literatura catalana, 7 vols. [en procés], Barcelona: Ajuntament-Barcino-Enciclopèdia Catalana [s. XIV-XV, 3 vols, dir. Lola Badia; s. XVI-XVIII, 1 vol., dir. Josep Solervicens; s. XIX, 1 vol., dir. Enric Cassany i Josep M. Domingo; s. XX, en procés, dir. Jordi Marrugat.]