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Spanish Lessons

Cinema and Television in Contemporary Spain

Paul Julian Smith

166 pages, 9 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-108-4 $95.00/£67.00 Hb Not Yet Published (September 2017)

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“There is no one, to my knowledge, who brings the same level of expertise to the study of contemporary Spanish-language visual culture. This book is an exciting new contribution that effortlessly combines the insights of the industry insider, the journalist and the film reviewer with the scholarly range of the academic.” · Jo Evans, University College London

Though unjustly neglected by English-language audiences, Spanish film and television not only represent a remarkably influential and vibrant cultural industry; they are also a fertile site of innovation in the production of “transmedia” works that bridge narrative forms. In Spanish Lessons, Paul Julian Smith provides an engaging exploration of visual culture in an era of collapsing genre boundaries, accelerating technological change, and political-economic tumult. Whether generating new insights into the work of key figures like Pedro Almodóvar, comparing media depictions of Spain’s economic woes, or giving long-overdue critical attention to quality television series, Smith’s book is a consistently lively and accessible cultural investigation.

Paul Julian Smith is a specialist in film and television in Spain and Mexico. He is Distinguished Professor in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Program in the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and he was for twenty years Professor of Spanish at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of seventeen books.

Subject: Media Studies Film Studies
Area: Southern Europe

BISAC: PER004030 PERFORMING ARTS/Film & Video/History & Criticism; PER010030 PERFORMING ARTS/Television/History & Criticism; SOC052000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Media Studies

BIC: APFA Film theory & criticism; APT Television


Introduction: Film, Television, Transmedia


Chapter 1. Spanish Cinema of the 1980s
Chapter 2. Madrid de Cine: Spanish Film Screenings
Chapter 3. Almodóvar’s Self-fashioning: The Economics and Aesthetics of Post-Auteurism


Chapter 4. Media Migration and Cultural Proximity: A Specimen Season of Television Drama
Chapter 5. LGBT TV Catalonia
Chapter 6. Televisual Properties: the Construction Bubble in Three TV Series


Chapter 7. Towards Transmedia: Past and Present of Cinema and Television in Spain
Chapter 8. A New Paradigm for the Spanish Audiovisual Sector?: Quality Television/Popular Cinema
Chapter 9. Crisis Fictions: Novel, Cinema, TV

Conclusion: The Audiovisual Field in Contemporary Spain


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