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Module LXS-3041:
Iberian Identity on the Screen

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Eva Bru-Dominguez

Overall aims and purpose

The module examines notions of cultural identity through close reading of a range of films and reference to television series produced in Catalonia. It introduces key cinematic concepts, genres and techniques and considers definitions of a ‘national cinema’ in relation to the Catalan context. The module situates the emergence of a Catalan cinematic tradition in the mid-1960s and with respect to the second avant-gardes and the Barcelona School of Film and covers a period spanning five decades of Catalan socio-cultural history. It examines the multiplicity of identities on screen (gender, sexuality, urban, multicultural and transnational) through the following topics: literary adaptations; the construction of place; gendered subjects; trauma studies; historical memory and multilingualism.

Course content

The module will cover the following topics: 1) Theorising Identity and National Cinema; 2) Challenging the Hegemonic Gaze: the Barcelona School of Film; 3)
Re-mapping the Urban Landscape: the Films of Ventura Pons; 4) Female Subjectivity and Authorship in Sílvia Munt’s Gala (2003); 5) Monstrous Identities: containing illness and sexual deviance in El mar by Agustí Villaronga; 6) Animality, Repression and the Absurd: La mosquitera by Agustí Vila; 7) Trauma in Elisa K by Judith Colell and Jordi Cadena; 8) The New Documentary: Memory and Reconstruction; 9) Beyond National Boundaries: Transnationalism and Multilingualism; 10) New Directions: Experiment, Science Fiction and the Horror Genre / Scene Analysis test Preparation; 11) Scene Analysis - In-class test; Revision and Essay Preparation

Assessment Criteria


D- - D+: For the award of credit, students should demonstrate a satisfactory comprehension of the various topics studied, with some understanding of the correlations and interrelations highlighted.


C- - B+: For the award of higher grades, students should demonstrate a solid comprehension of the various topics studied, with clear understanding of the correlations and interrelations highlighted, having also analysed and evaluated key sources.


A- - A*: For the award of the highest grade, students should demonstrate a detailed comprehension of the various topics studied, with a nuanced understanding of the correlations and interrelations highlighted, having also analysed and evaluated key sources thoroughly.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate ability to conduct close textual reading of core films

  2. Demonstrate ability to conduct in-depth critical analysis of socio-political context

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of key cinematic genres, concepts and techniques

  4. Demonstrate knowledge of historical and cultural processes from mid-1960s to early twenty-first century Catalonia

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Film Review 10
CLASS TEST Analysis of Scene 20
ESSAY Essay 70

Teaching and Learning Strategy

  1. 1-hour lecture to cover main weekly contents (11 weeks)
  1. 1-hour seminar for film analysis and critical discussion (11 weeks)
Private study 176

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • The ability to critically understand, analyse and interpret the main events shaping Spanish history and culture (benchmark statement 5.7, 5.10 and 5.11)
  • The ability to critically understand Spanish and Hispanic culture and its relationship to other cultures. (Benchmark statement 5.7)
  • The ability to analyse, interpret and historically contextualise a range of Spanish, Galician and Catalan films using different forms of critical analysis (cultural, historical, socio-political and literary). (Benchmark statement 5.7, 5.10 and 5.14)
  • 11, The ability to analyse key cinematic techniques and to provide a critical evaluation of cinematic imagery and language in Catalan cinema (Benchmark statements 5.7, 5.10)
  • The ability to write a film review about a Catalan film (Benchmark statement 5.15)


Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: