Culture and Arts in Contemporary Spain


a) To develop in-depth knowledge of twentieth and twenty-first century Spanish Arts and their images and narratives.
b) To acquire knowledge of the various contexts that determine that cultural and artistic output.
c) To acquire in-depth technical knowledge and methodological skills to research and develop applied projects in relation to specific artistic and cultural studies within the modern day Spanish State, respecting its cultural and linguistic plurality.
d) To study the subjects proposed with a view to producing personal research.
e) To develop knowledge of criticism related to the themes studied.
f) To produce analysis and theoretical reflection, applying the knowledge acquired.

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Responsible teacher

Pedro Santa Maria de Abreu


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

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Corpus de partida
MADRID: o romance La noche de los tiempos, de Antonio Muñoz Molina (2009); a pintura e os desenhos de Antonio López; os filmes de Pedro Almodóvar
BARCELONA: o romance La ciudad de los prodigios, de Eduardo Mendoza (1986); Gaudí; a pintura modernista; os filmes de Bigas Luna, Ventura Pons e Joaquim Oristrell entre outros.
BOU, Enric. 2012. Invention of Space. City, Travel and Literature. Madrid/ Frankfurt am Main: Iberoamericana / Vervuert [em particular os capítulos: 1. “Reading the City; 4. “’Decrèpita y Teatral’? On Literary explorations of Barcelona”; 7. Literary Construction: The Case of Eduardo Mendoza” ].
RICCI, Cristián H. 2009. El espacio urbano en la narrativa del Madrid de la Edad de Plata (1900-1938). Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas.
SENNETT, Richard. 1996. Carne y piedra. El cuerpo y la ciudad en la civilización occidental. Madrid: Alianza [orig. 1994. Flesh and Stone: The Body And The City In Western Civilization, Norton.]

Teaching method

The seminars are theoretical/practical in nature, involving textual and visual interpretation proposed for each seminar session, prepared in advance. Focus will be placed on the interaction between the historical/artistic, geocultural and theoretical presentation of the subject, starting with key concepts, and the problematisation of the subjects of study by the Masters students, under the teacher’s supervision.

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