Spring 2021

21L.640[J] The New Spain: 1977-Present
Margery Resnick TR 1:00-2:30p Virtual

Prereq: One intermediate subject in Spanish or permission of instructor
3-0-9 HASS-H
Topics: Film, Media, and Popular Culture, Gender and Ethnic Studies, Twentieth Century and Contemporary Culture

Deals with the vast changes in Spanish social, political and cultural life that have taken place since the death of Franco (1975). Topics include the transition to democracy, new freedom from censorship, the re-emergence of strong movements for regional autonomy (the Basque region and Catalonia), the new cinema including Almodóvar and Saura, educational reforms instituted by the socialist government, the changes in the role of the Catholic church, the emergence of one of the world’s most progressive gender environment, and new forms of fiction.  Special emphasis on the mass media as a vehicle for expression in Spain. Materials include magazines, newspapers, films, television series, fiction, and essays.  Each student chooses a research project that focuses on an issue of personal interest.  Taught in Spanish.