HP/FS 340B- Contemporary Spanish Film
This course provides an introduction to contemporary Spanish society through cinematic representation. The 1960’s shall be the point of departure in order to offer an overview of cinema under Franco and analyze further historical processes, such as the transition to democracy, the 1980’s and the economic growth in the 1990’s. The course will address cultural stereotypes, definitions of self/other, as well as notions of “nationality”, social differences, gender issues, terrorism, etc. By the end of the course, students will understand that the country’s cinematic representation is linked to its political, social and economic evolution. Students will also gain some knowledge of the conceptual tools required to study cinematic texts, and basic concepts of film theory.