Fall 2022

Spanish Cinema

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-232  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-328  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-315  |  Spanish, as SPAN-315


Sara J. Brenneis (Section 01)


(Offered as SPAN 315, EUST 232, FAMS 328, and SWAG 315) From Pedro Almodóvar to Penélope Cruz, Spanish directors and actors are now international stars. But the origins of Spain’s cinema are rooted in censorship and patriarchy. This course offers an overview of Spanish film from 1950 to the present along with an introduction to film studies. Through weekly streaming films and discussions, students will follow how Spain’s culture, history and society have been imagined onscreen, as well as how Spanish filmmakers interact with the rest of Europe and Latin America. We will pay particular attention to issues surrounding gender and sexuality as well as contemporary social justice movements. No prior experience with film analysis is needed. Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 301 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 18 students. Fall Semester. Professor Brenneis

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on visual analysis of films, textual analysis of course readings on film and Spanish culture, writing practice, and the development of a critical cinematic vocabulary to speak about and analyze films in Spanish. Assessments include written Moodle posts, vocabulary quizzes, two short essays and a final videoessay project. Discussion-based course. Instruction, readings and films are in Spanish.

SPAN 315 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM FAYE 113
Th 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM FAYE 113


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2021, Fall 2022