Images of Women in Spanish Film|
Spring 2010 not offered
|Course Cluster: Urban Studies|
This course provides a panoramic exploration of cultural and cinematic constructions of femininity in Spanish film of the 20th century. The course starts with cinema of the early part of the century, looks at films from before the Civil War (1936-1939) and during the Franco era (1939-1975), and concludes with a close examination of films of the post-Franco period. Special attention will be given to the social roles assigned to women by partiarchal society and the manner in which those roles are represented in film, the use of cinema stars as vehicles of mystification and idealization, and the new agency and visibility that women achieve for themselves both as social subjects and, more particularly, as filmmakers in the 1980s and '90s. Finally, the course seeks to bridge Spanish cultural perspectives and feminist film theories.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FGSS)
Course Reader/Manual de Lecturas (ML)
Helen Graham and Jo Labanyi, Eds. SPANISH CULTURAL STUDIES: AN INTRODUCTION. NY: Oxford University Press, 1996. (SCS)
Anny Brooksbank Jones, WOMEN IN CONTEMPORARY SPAIN. Manchester & New York: Manchester University Press, 1997. (WCS)
Susan Martin-Marquez, FEMINIST DISCOURSE & SPANISH CINEMA. SIGHT UNSEEN. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. (Recommended)
Isolina Ballestros, CINE (INS)URGENTE. TEXTOS FILMICOS Y CONTEXTOS CULTURALES DE LA ESPANA POSFRANQUISTA. Madrid: fundamentos, 2001. (Recommended)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Films are viewed outside the class at the Media Center. Classes are devoted to discussion of films and texts.
Students will write 4 written reports (2 pages) analyzing 4 of the films included in the syllabus. Every student will be assigned to lead the discussion of one of the written reports. Students will write a final paper of 8-10 pages analyzing one (or more) of the films or comparing one of the films included in the syllabus with one of the optional films.
Grading: Class preparation/participation: 30%, oral presentation: 15%, written reports, 25%, final paper: 30%.