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Modiwl LXS-3041:
Iberian Identity on the Screen

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 2

Trefnydd: Dr Eva Bru-Dominguez

Amcanion cyffredinol

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.

Cynnwys cwrs

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

Meini Prawf


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.

Canlyniad dysgu

  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

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
TRAETHAWD Film Review 10
PRAWF DOSBARTH Analysis of Scene 20

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

  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

Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
  • Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
  • Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
  • Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
  • Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach

Sgiliau pwnc penodol

  • 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)


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