Barcelona: Urban Space and Cultural Identity

Languages & Cultures, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 18379

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

The Capital of Barcelona is both one of the key symbols of Catalan cultural identity and a network of multicultural urban spaces in which identity is negotiated on a daily basis. Focusing on a number of key cultural representations (literary and visual) of Barcelona in the twentieth and twenty first centuries, this module will explore the changing shape of the city in relation to changing conceptions of cultural identity in Catalonia. The course will analyse and increase the awareness of the cultural forms and practices particular to Catalan society. It will focus on the dynamics of the relationship between space, memory and identity, including gender, political and historical discourses. The module will first introduce key concepts of the theoretical debates around political and urban representation (language, hegemony, power, simulation, etc.) and then it will move on to examine the selected texts.