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The Girl and the Honeybees: eco-critical perspectives on nature, memory and the child's gaze in The Spirit of the Beehive (Erice, 1973) Seminar

16:00 - 17:00
15 March 2022

Event details

It has been almost 50 years since the release of Erice’s canonical masterpiece, El espíritu de la colmena. Set in Francoist Spain in 1940, Erice's poetic symbolism not only explores the imaginative powers of children, it fosters an exploration of innocence (and gender) as we witness Ana, Erice’s protagonist, feed and protect a soldier hiding in a sheepfold on her father’s bee farm in rural Spain.

Importantly, Ana’s inner life is delicately composed; the film is filled with oneiric, heady images of the farm she lives on and its dusty, yellow landscape serves as a potent backdrop to the light-filled daydreams she finds herself lost within.

I will consider how an eco-critical approach to this seminal film opens up new perspectives on the figure of the child, the matter and objects at its heart, and the intensity of its elemental imagery, thus rethinking the legacy of Erice's cinema through the lens of contemporary film theory and philosophy.

Our Speaker:

Davina Quinlivan, Kings College, London.

Please register using Eventbrite and you will then be sent a Outlook meeting request which will include the link to the seminar. Please note the seminar will take place online using Microsoft Teams. The deadline for registering for this event is 3pm on the day of the seminar (15/03/2022).

Any questions or queries please contact Tracy Storey on

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