COMP 234
A Survey of Hispanic Cinema from 1960 to 2010: Politics, Gender, and Memory Fall 2017
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 234 / RLSP 235
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This course will survey a selection of representative films of Hispanic cinema (Spain and Latin America), from 1960 to 2010, as artistic discourses that are closely related to the historical, social, and political contexts in which they were produced. This essential relationship will be analyzed and discussed. The course is not intended to be a history of Hispanic cinema, but rather a look at distinctive films through the analysis of themes that singularize them. The common thread of the course will be discussion of the extent to which the films transgress the standards imposed by the constraints of censorship, cultural conventions, political regimes, and gender norms in Spain and Latin America, thus becoming archives of resistance to these limitations. Our discussions will consider violence, politics of vision, childhood and trauma, the performance of gender, realistic and fantastic regimes of representation, political disagreement, and memory. Filmmakers to be studied include Luis Buñuel, Pedro Almodóvar, Icíar Bollaín, Luis Puenzo, Alejandro González Iñárritu, among others.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 22
Expected: 20
Class#: 1931
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussions, oral presentations, short writing assignments, a final paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: RLSP 105 or 200, or results of the Williams College Placement Exam, or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Spanish majors and Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 234 Division I RLSP 235 Division I
Attributes: FMST Core Courses

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