Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT

21F.735: Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film

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Close study of a theme, a grouping of authors, or a historical period not covered in depth in other subjects. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Taught in Spanish. Prereq: One intermediate subject in Spanish Topic for Fall 2013: The Films of Luis Bunuel

Prereqs:  One intermediate subject in Spanish, or permission of instructor

Topic for Fall 2013: The Films of Luis Bunel

Subject considers films spanning entire career of pioneering Spanish filmmaker Luis Bunuel (1900-1983), from his silent surrealist classic of 1929, Un perro andaluz, to his last film, Ese oscuro objeto del dese (1977), paying special attention to his Mexican period, in exile, and the films he made in, and about, Spain, including his work in documentary. It explores Bunuel's early friendship with painter Salvador Dali; and poet Federico Garcia Lorca, surrealist aesthetics, the influence of Freud's ideas on dreams and sexuality, and the director's corrosive criticism of bourgeois society and the Catholic church. Attention to historical contexts and relevant film criticism.

Student writing and discussion exclusively in Spanish

Enrollment limited to 18 due to pedagogical reasons. Priority given to pre-registered Spanish majors, minors, and concentrators.

Units: 4-0-8(U)



Fall 2013

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