This course will introduce you to a range of examples of Spanish American (e.g. may include Puerto Rican,
Argentinean, and Mexican [American]) and Iberian cultural production from the period of the 1980s to the 21st century, in order to provide a sense of the variety of production in this period. The module will examine various examples of cultural production by/on women in order to explore representations of female sexuality, gender and the body. Debates surrounding identity, race and gender within a political and historical context will be examined, and the ways in which these have influenced female writers, film directors and artists. Some of these writers and artists seek to give voice to silenced experiences of women and to explore alternative articulations of identity in response to a climate of terror, oppression or violence. In order to determine their usefulness as instruments of cultural and political resistance, various texts will be placed within a broader theoretical context, particularly within the framework of the contemporary Postmodern/Postcolonial/Western/ (Post)feminist / Intersectional and Latin American feminist (literary) debate and within a broader Gender/Cultural Studies context.
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- The representation of sexuality, identity, race, gender (roles), oppression and transgression
- Key aspects within Postmodern/Postcolonial/Western/ (Post)feminist /Intersectional and Latin American feminist (literary) theory and within a broader Gender/Cultural Studies debates/ context and how these relate to the cultural production examples studied
- A variety of Iberian and Spanish American forms of cultural production (may include music, soap operas, literature, film) produced from the 1980s to the present
- The ways in which cultural production reinforces or deconstructs gender, sexual racial and national identities
- The relationship between cultural production and its social/political context in the context of censorship and modernization relating to the Spanish Speaking world
- The similarities and differences between the cultures and societies of the Spanish Speaking world and how it may compare to your own culture
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- select, synthesise and focus information about the Spanish speaking world from a range of primary and secondary sources
- define, present and exemplify concepts related to the Spanish Speaking world
- apply knowledge, understanding and analysis critically to different topics relating to the Spanish speaking world
- use libraries, archives, learning resources and ICT to access relevant information
- engage with subject matter and opinion in both breadth and depth
Transferable and Generic Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- produce writing in appropriate genres and to required conventions, including referencing and identification
- plan and organise your learning through self-management;
- exercise independence and initiative
- adhere to guidelines and deadlines;
Texts studies will comprise a range of literary texts and examples from visual arts, performance art, multimedia, music, film, and soap operas (cultural production examined may be subject to change year on year). These texts will be examined in the light of reception and relevant works of criticism, providing you with an understanding of the hybrid images of identity and female sexuality
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The lectures will relate the cultural products to their specific Spanish and Spanish American historical context, and will introduce you to key critical and theoretical debates. You will be encouraged to assess these debates critically, and will be provided with lecture summaries indicating key points for further study and reflection. The lectures will invite you to think about specific issues covered and you will be asked to think further about these issues in your own independent study time.
Through class presentations, and guided debates, you will develop communication, problem solving and team working skills. You will develop research skills and methodologies by using library and internet resources. The seminar classes will provide you with an opportunity to discuss, in a group, the issues raised in the lectures which will also give you a chance to evaluate cultural production using various theoretical frameworks. The first written assignment (an essay) will assess your ability to construct and develop a sustained argument, drawing on appropriate evidence, and applying insights gained from independent reading of existing critical studies and of relevant feminist theory. The second written assignment (critical analysis) will assess your ability to critically evaluate an excerpt from a text. The third assignment (presentation) will test your capacity for teamwork and allow you to demonstrate interpersonal skills by working with other students, by problem solving, information gathering and presenting findings collaboratively.
Teaching methods include:
- Seminars (including compulsory student presentations and group discussion)
Learning activities include:
- Close reading and analysis of varied forms of cultural expression
- Debating in class theoretical issues and differing interpretations of the texts
- Constructing arguments for presentation orally and in written work
- Independent research and study
- One-to-one tutorials
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Resources & Reading list
Dir Pedro Almodóvar (1990). ¡Átame!. Spain.
Laura Esquivel (1985). Como agua para chocolate. Mexico.
McRobbie, Angela (2007). Post Feminism and Popular Culture: Bridget Jones and the New Gender Regime. In: Diane Negra and Yvonne Tasker, eds. Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture. Duke University Press, pp. 27-39.
Mosquita y Mari (2012). Aurora Guerrero. Mexico/USA.
Frances R. Aparicio and Susana Chávez-Silverman, eds (1997). Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representation of Latinidad.. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
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