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SN2013 Constructing Identity in Contemporary Spanish Cinema

2018-9 Terms 1 and 2

Convenor: Sarah Wright

Assessment: Formative exercise (0%); First essay of 1,500-2,000 words (30%); Second essay of 2,000-2,500 words (70%)


In this course students will study films from the last twenty years in Spain. The films selected will in different ways express representations of identity in Spain. We will explore issues such as national and regional identities, linguistic diversity and national identity, Spanishness, cultural memory, history on screen, urban versus rural experience, cultural diversity, immigration and the portrayal of gender within new family paradigms. Films may include*:

El espinazo del Diablo/The Devil’s Backbone (Del Toro, 2001); El Bola/Ballbearing (Achero Mañas, 2003), Todo sobre mi madre/All About My Mother (Almodóvar, 1999).

*possibly subject to change – this will be confirmed in the first class. 

Key Bibliography:

Bordwell and Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction (New York: McGraw Hill, any edition).

Nuria Triana Toribio, Spanish National Cinema, London: Routledge, 2003.

Recommended Further Reading:

Pam Cook (ed), The Cinema Book, (London: British Film Institute, 1985).

Susan Hayward, Key Concepts in Cinema Studies, (London: Routledge, 1996).

John Hill and Pamela Church Gibson (eds) The Oxford Guide to Film Studies, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998).

John Hopewell, Out of the Past: Spanish Cinema After Franco, London: British Film Institute, 1986.

Marsha Kinder, Blood Cinema: The Reconstruction of National Identity in Spain (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993).

Gerald Mast, Marshall Cohen and Leo Braudy (eds), Film Theory and Criticism, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992).

Rob Stone, Spanish Cinema, Harlow: Pearson Education, 2002.



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