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Unit information: Queer Writing and Film in the Hispanic World in 2020/21

Unit name Queer Writing and Film in the Hispanic World
Unit code HISP20118
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Garcia Lopez
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts


The unit introduces students to key theoretical concepts, issues and ideas from Queer Theories and how they relate to the Hispanic world and specifically Hispanic texts, themes and authors.

Students will undertake close reading and analysis of a wide array of texts (novels, plays, poems and films) from a number of Hispanic geographical and socio-historical contexts in order to gain a wide-ranging view of Hispanism and Hispanic queer cultures and representations. By looking at a mixture of genres, texts, media, countries, and Hispanic and global theories of queerness, students will use this comprehensive overview to engage critically with the multiple queer issues present in the Hispanic world today.

The unit will encourage students to develop appropriate analyses in response to set primary and secondary sources in Spanish and English as appropriate, such as Federico Garciá Lorca’s poetry, Pedro Almodóvar’s cinema, and Judith Butler’s influential theoretical work on gender. In so doing, it will equip students with a range of analytical, research, and discursive transferrable skills.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will, at the end of the unit, be able to:

1. Critically analyse and evaluate a variety of cultural texts in light of relevant theoretical models and approaches.

2. Understand and explain the global, international, national and local sociohistorical processes that have shaped ideas of queerness and LGBT+ identities in the contemporary Hispanic world.

3. Select and synthesise relevant critical approaches from the field of study.

4. Work collaboratively with peers and individually aided by the tutor and a wide range of resources.

5. Develop and apply effective presentation skills.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, formative tasks, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation.

Assessment Details

1 x group presentation (25%), testing ILOs 1-5.

1 x 3000-word essay (75%), testing ILOs 1-3.

Reading and References

Primary Sources:

- Federico García Lorca, El público (1930) - Sebastián Lelio, Una mujer fantástica (2017) - Pedro Almodóvar, La ley del deseo (1986)

Secondary Sources / Introductory Reading:

- Judith Butler, Gender Trouble. Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (New York: Routledge, 1990) - E. L. McCallum, and Mikko Tuhkanen (eds.), The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014) - Nikki Sullivan, A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2003)