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SPAN-297 Sex and Sexuality in Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film
Spring for 2014-2015
Faculty:
  • Gentic, Tania
  • One of the key aspects of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship was the expectation that men and women in Spain would conform to traditional gender roles. Women, for instance, were frequently reductively categorized as either pious mothers or sinful whores. After Franco’s death, then, sex became a primary way for Spanish citizens to experiment with freedom. Focusing primarily on literature and film produced after 1975, this course explores the relationship between sex, sexuality, and a changing society. We will consider not only the emphasis on these topics in women’s literature, but also the ways in which gay, lesbian, and transgendered representations, particularly in film, transgress the normative Spanish culture. We will ask questions like: What does it mean to “write the body” in contemporary Spanish literature? And how does our “reading” about bodies contrast with seeing them in film? We will study novels such as El mismo mar de todos los veranos (Esther Tusquets), Recóndita armonía (Marina Mayoral), and Julia (Ana María Moix); short stories by writers like Quim Monzó (Uf, dijo él); and films of the “Movida” movement in Madrid by Pedro Almodóvar (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios and La Ley del Deseo), as well as the cult classic Arrebato by Iván Zulueta. All readings, written assignment, and discussion will be in Spanish.
    Credits: 3
    Prerequisites: None

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    SPAN-297-01 Sex and Sexuality in Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film
    Spring for 2014-2015
    Faculty:
  • Gentic, Tania
  • One of the key aspects of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship was the expectation that men and women in Spain would conform to traditional gender roles. Women, for instance, were frequently reductively categorized as either pious mothers or sinful whores. After Franco’s death, then, sex became a primary way for Spanish citizens to experiment with freedom. Focusing primarily on literature and film produced after 1975, this course explores the relationship between sex, sexuality, and a changing society. We will consider not only the emphasis on these topics in women’s literature, but also the ways in which gay, lesbian, and transgendered representations, particularly in film, transgress the normative Spanish culture. We will ask questions like: What does it mean to “write the body” in contemporary Spanish literature? And how does our “reading” about bodies contrast with seeing them in film? We will study novels such as El mismo mar de todos los veranos (Esther Tusquets), Recóndita armonía (Marina Mayoral), and Julia (Ana María Moix); short stories by writers like Quim Monzó (Uf, dijo él); and films of the “Movida” movement in Madrid by Pedro Almodóvar (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios and La Ley del Deseo), as well as the cult classic Arrebato by Iván Zulueta. All readings, written assignment, and discussion will be in Spanish.
    Credits: 3
    Prerequisites: None
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