Taught in Spanish. This course investigates the history of comedy in Spanish cinema, through a selection of classic films by directors such as Berlanga, Buñuel, Alex de la Iglesia, and Pedro Almodóvar. Special attention will be given to the way in which comedy reflects the evolution of Spanish society, with particular emphasis on issues such as politics, religion, popular culture, and especially gender roles and sexuality. In addition, the course discusses the main characteristics of Spanish dark humor, i.e., the esperpento, and how some directors used it to fight the oppression of the Franco regime.
Students will be required to attend mandatory screenings of the films to be discussed.
Prereq: SPA 202, four semesters of college level Spanish, or permission of the instructor