Rep & Reality Span Cinem

Subject Name: 

Film & Media Studies

Course Number: 
Amherst College

(Offered as SPAN 236, EUST 232 and FAMS 328.) Once severely constrained by dictator Francisco Franco’s censorship laws and rarely exported beyond the country’s borders, 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 directors such as Berlanga, Erice, Bollaín, and Almodóvar. Students will analyze works of Spanish cinema alongside theoretical and critical texts, exploring such topics as gendered roles in contemporary society, immigration, globalization, censorship, 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 and will be conducted in English. Students are expected to attend weekly screenings where films will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles.  Spanish majors who wish to count this course toward fulfillment of requirements will be asked to write papers in Spanish.

Limited to  20 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Brenneis.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
Schedule #: 

Course Sections

Rep & Reality Span Cinem
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Sara Brenneis

TTH 02:30PM-03:50PM

CONV 304