Spring 2017

Representation and Reality in Spanish Cinema

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-232  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-328  |  Spanish, as SPAN-236

Formerly listed as: SPAN-36


Sara J. Brenneis (Section 01)


(Offered as SPAN 236, EUST 232, and FAMS 328.) Once severely constrained by censorship laws and rarely exported beyond the country’s borders during its dictatorship, Spanish film has been transformed into an internationally known cinema in the last decades.  This course offers a critical overview of Spanish film from 1950 to the present, examining how Spain’s culture and society are imagined onscreen by Spanish directors. Students will analyze works of Spanish cinema alongside theoretical and critical texts, exploring such topics as gendered roles in contemporary society, immigration, globalization, censorship, sexuality, and experiences of war and violence. We will also track the sociological, cultural, and political forces inside Spain that have inspired such cinematic representations. This course provides an introduction to visual analysis and critical writing about film. No previous experience in film and media studies is required.  Attendance is required at six Tuesday 7pm-10pm screenings at Keefe Theater throughout the semester.  Films will be subtitled in English.  Conducted in English.

Spring semester.  Professor Brenneis.


Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2013, Spring 2017, Spring 2021