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Spanish Cinema from the 1940s until now

This module (open to all Level 3 students in any MLAC programme, including VAF, with the Spanish language pre- and co-requisites specified in the Faculty Handbook) is taught in English in the ‘long-thin’ format throughout the academic year (one weekly lecture, one fortnightly seminar). It covers aspects of 20th and 21st century Spanish History and Culture with specific focus in cinema but in the wider context of pre- and post-Franco Spanish society, history and politics. Students will become familiar with important issues such as national stereotypes, contested national identities within Spain, Iberian Identity, European integration, violence, trauma, race, immigration and changing gender and sexual identities, as well as relevant concepts in Film Studies such as cinematic genre, spectatorship, sound, editing and the star system. The module will focus on up to ten key, classic Spanish films of the last 80 years or so, from García Berlanga, Buñuel or Miró to Almodóvar, Bigas Luna or Bollaín.  


  • Allinson, Mark (2001) A Spanish Labyrinth. The Films of Pedro Almodóvar (London: I. B. Tauris)
  • D’Lugo, Marvin and Kathleen Vernon (eds) (2013) A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell)
  • Davies, Ann (2014) Penélope Cruz (London: BFI Publishing)
  • Egea, Juan F. (2013) Dark Laughter: Spanish Film, Comedy, and the Nation (Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press)
  • Epps, Brad and Despina Kakoudaki (eds) (2009) All About Almodóvar: A Passion for cinema (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press)
  • Faulkner, Sally (2013) A History of Spanish Film: Cinema and Society 1910-2010 (London: Bloomsbury)
  • Faulkner, Sally (2006) A Cinema of Contradiction: Spanish Film in the 1960s (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press)
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2013) Cuerpos de cine. Masculinidades carnales en el cine y la cultura popular contemporáneos (Barcelona: Bellaterra)
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (ed) (2020) El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna (Madrid: Tirant lo Blanch)
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago and Alfredo Martínez-Expósito (2007) Live Flesh: The Male Body in Contemporary Spanish Cinema (London and New York: I. B. Tauris)
  • Higginbotham, Virginia (1988) Spanish Film under Franco (Austin: University of Texas Press)
  • Jordan, Barry (2012) Alejandro Amenábar (Manchester: Manchester University Press)
  • Jordan, Barry and Mark Allinson (2005) Spanish Cinema: A Student's Guide (London: Hodder Arnold)
  • Kinder, Marsha (1993) Blood Cinema: The Reconstruction of National Identity in Spain (Los Angeles: University of California Press)
  • Kinder, Marsha (1997) Refiguring Spain: Cinema/Media/Representation (Durham, NC: Duke University Press)
  • Labanyi, Jo and Tatjana Pavolović (eds) (2013) A Companion to Spanish Cinema (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell)
  • Marsh, Steven (2020) Spanish Cinema Against Itself: Cosmopolitanism, Experimentation, Militancy (Bloomington: Indiana UP)
  • Marsh, Steven (2006) Popular Spanish Film under Franco: Comedy and the Weakening of the State (London: Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Noble, Fiona (2020) Spanish Subversive Cinema (London: Bloomsbury)
  • Pérez, Jorge (2021) Fashioning Spanish Cinema. Costume, Identity and Stardom (Toronto: TUP)
  • Resina, Joan Ramon, and Andrés Lema-Hincapié (2008) Burning Darkness: A Half Century of Spanish Cinema (Buffalo, NY: SUNY Press)
  • Sánchez Arce, Ana María (2020) The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar (Manchester: MUP)
  • Santaolalla, Isabel (2012) The Cinema of Iciar Bollaín (Manchester: Manchester University Press)
  • Scarlett, Elizabeth A. (2014) Religion and Spanish Film: Luis Buñuel, the Franco Era, and Contemporary Directors (Detroit: The University of Michigan Press)
  • Stone, Rob (2007) Julio Medem (Manchester and New York: MUP)
  • Talens, Jenaro and Santos Zunzunegui (eds) (1998) Modes of Representation in Spanish Cinema (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press)
  • Thomas, Sarah (2019) Inhabiting the In-Between: Childhood and Cinema in Spain’s Long Transition (Toronto: TUP)
  • Triana-Toribio, Nuria (2003) Spanish National Cinema (London: Routledge)
  • Whittaker, Tom (2020) The Spanish Quinqui Film: Delinquency, Sound, Sensation (Manchester: MUP)


Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment.