Spring 2015

Images of liberation: Spanish Transition to Democracy

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-244  |  Spanish, as SPAN-234


David Rodriguez-Solas (Section 01)


(Offered as SPAN 234 and EUST 244.)  In less than fifteen years Spain became a new member of the European Union, organized the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, and dismantled a dictatorial regime. However, the Spanish transition to democracy faced many contradictions, and cultural products produced and consumed in that period reflected the struggles to construct a democratic society. Among the topics this course will examine are censorship, sexual liberation, urban culture, women and workers’ rights, and historical memory. Material includes television series, films, plays, novels, exhibitions, graphic novels, and music. 

In this course students will improve oral and written expression in Spanish and will also learn how to interpret the materials critically. For this purpose, we will ask ourselves these questions: what role does transition play in a Spaniard’s imagination of society? How is the failure to come to terms with the past represented in cultural products? What lesson can we learn from the representation of the struggle for liberties? Why did this process leave most people disenchanted? Conducted in Spanish. 

Requisite SPAN 199, 211, 212 or consent of the instructor.  Limited to 15 students.  Spring semester.  Visiting Professor Rodriguez-Solas.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to Spanish majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2015