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Since the early 1990s, the major national cinemas in the Spanish-speaking world (Spain, Mexico and Argentina) have undergone a deep renewal of both their industrial structures and their thematic/aesthetic traditions. The regained popularity of these cinemas in their own domestic markets and worldwide has also had a knock-on effect in their areas of influence – e.g. US films shot in Spanish, Spain’s Catalan-language cinema, national cinemas of smaller Latin American countries. This course explores current trends in Spanish-language film from a range of countries, including the three major national cinemas as well as a cross-section of minor and emergent cinemas. The course is taught n Spanish; all films will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- understand and use at an academic level strategies in the use of linguo-cultural genres at an advanced level with a focus on self-reflecting on researching film narratives;
- be able to interpret the intellectual, cultural and historical context of contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema by acquiring learning strategies to self-reflecting on researching national and trans-national contexts;
- understand and self-reflect on the role of cinema in shaping Hispanic Studies as a global discipline;
- understand and self-reflect on the academic practice of the main theories and approaches to the cinemas of Spain and Spanish-speaking nations;
- understand and self-reflect on the social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness of the major Spanish-language film industries (Spain, Mexico, Argentina);
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly, bilingually and economically through self-reflective research in academic essays on Spanish-language cinemas;
- understand and self-reflect on the linguo-cultural acquisition and contextualisation of judgements and knowledge process, developing a critical self-awareness and being open to new ideas and new aspects of contemporary Hispanic cinemas both in English and Spanish showing autonomous, self-directed and academic-level skills;
- have developed public speaking and confidence in self-expression, research and conversations where cultural differences within the Spanish-speaking world are addressed in relation to film cultures.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/ openness to the word: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Spanish culture, and by formulating arguments;
- be able to communicate intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussions and class presentations;
- have developed public speaking and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.
Last updated: 23 October 2021