History of Contemporary Spain as seen through the Visual Arts and Cinema.

lrom1584  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

History of Contemporary Spain as seen through the Visual Arts and Cinema.
5 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2018-2019
Dufays Sophie (compensates Fabry Geneviève); Fabry Geneviève;
Joint requirement LFIAL1170 and LROM1180

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The course offers a historical journey from the 19th century to the 21st, with the emphasis on the cultural implications of political, social and economic transformations. The major stages in 19th and 20th century Spanish history are analysed on the basis of written, visual and cinematic documentation.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


At the end of the course, the student :
- will master the principal aspects and stages of the history of Spain at the 19th and 20th century;
- will be able to locate in its historical context a literary or artistic work of the 19th or 20th Spanish century.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course alternates between presentation of the major stages of Spanish history of the 19th and 20th centuries and overviews of the most significant cultural currents, presented on the basis of a key work.
1. The century of political instability (1808-1875).Goya and the War of Independence.
2. Spain and the Restoration (1875-1931). Sorolla and Zuloaga confronted by fin-de-siècle Spain. Luis Buñuel and Dalí on the threshold of the 1930s.
3. Crises of the 1930s. Culture and war: the Spanish pavilion at the Paris Exposition universelle
4. Francoist Spain (1939-1975). The painting of Antonio Saura. The cinema of Carlos Saura.
5. The transition to democracy. La Movida and its descendants.
6. The Spain of autonomous regions. Basque and Catalan cinema of the 21st century.
Teaching methods
The course alternates between lecture presentations of the political and cultural history of the period concerned and analyses of written, visual and cinematic documentation.
Evaluation methods
Written examination
Other information
Online resources
PowerPoint slides available on Moodle
Julio Valdeón, Joseph Pérez, Santos Juliá. Historia de España. Austral/Espasa
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Anthropology

Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in Spanish Studies