Contemporary Spanish Cinema - LS548

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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5 15 (7.5) PROF MN Triana Toribio


None, although good reading knowledge and listening comprehension of Spanish is required. Students who are unsure of their language comprehension should make an appointment to speak to the Hispanic Studies language coordinator.





This module will cover aspects of contemporary Spanish history and culture with specific focus on post-1975 filmic production but in the wider context of pre- and post-Franco society, history and politics. Students will become familiar with important issues such as national stereotypes, gender and sexuality, social transformations, as well as relevant concepts in Film Studies such as cinematic genre, spectatorship, and representation. While the module will focus to some extent on the individual voice of each of the directors, it will to analyze how their work represents major currents of development in Spanish cinema, both in relation to form and content.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

One weekly lecture and one-weekly seminar for 10 weeks.

Method of assessment

Exam (55%)
Coursework (45%)

Preliminary reading

Indicative Viewing List:

Los santos inocentes (Mario Camus, 1984)

¡Ay, Carmela! (Carlos Saura, 1990)

Volver (Pedro Almodóvar, 2006)

El día de la bestia (Alex de la Iglesia, 1995)

Te doy mis ojos (Icíar Bollaín, 2003)

La vida secreta de las palabras (Isabel Coixet, 2005)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the module will:

1. have developed a critical awareness of the main trends and key issues which characterize contemporary Spanish cinema;
2. have developed a coherent understanding of films as cultural artefacts –both in their production and reception contexts – that reflect cultural, artistic, social and political debates within Spain;
3. have developed a knowledge of critical debates relating to cultural theory (representation of gender, sexuality, national identity, and subjectivity);
4. have developed a knowledge of technical terminology relating to cinema;
5. have improved their ability to critically analyze and describe filmic narratives and the ways in which they are made;
6. have gained an enhanced appreciation of cultural diversity;
7. have improved their ability to research, to plan and write an essay, as well as to organize it in terms of a coherent argument.

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