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Lena Tahmassian

Ph.D. Candidate in Modern Iberian Literatures and Cultures

Lena specializes in 20th and 21st Century Iberian cultures. Her dissertation focuses on post-utopian discourse during the Spanish Transition to democracy through film, literature, music, and alternative press. She has taught both Spanish and Catalan languages at Stanford as well as a course on the cinema of Pedro Almodóvar.

 

Publications:

"Carl Schmitt and the Basque Conflict: From the Design of Francoism to Spanish Democracy." Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 13.1: 59-81.

 

Conference Papers:

"The Homogenizing Gaze: Barcelona Tourism, National Identity, and the State." XV Forum for Iberian Studies, National Identities at the Intersection: Literature and Visual Media. Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, Oxford University, Oxford, UK. June 20-22, 2012. 

COURSES

ILAC 393 The Cinema of Pedro Almodovar (ILAC 193)

Pedro Almodóvar is one of the most recognizable auteur directors in the world today. His films express a hybrid and eclectic visual style and the blurring of frontiers between mass and high culture. Special attention is paid to questions of sexuality and the centering of usually marginalized characters. This course studies Pedro Almodóvar's development from his directorial debut to the present, from the "shocking" value of the early films to the award-winning mastery of the later ones. Prerequisite: ability to understand spoken Spanish. Readings in English. Midterm and final paper can be in English. Majors should write in Spanish.

ILAC 193 The Cinema of Pedro Almodovar (ILAC 393)

Pedro Almodóvar is one of the most recognizable auteur directors in the world today. His films express a hybrid and eclectic visual style and the blurring of frontiers between mass and high culture. Special attention is paid to questions of sexuality and the centering of usually marginalized characters. This course studies Pedro Almodóvar's development from his directorial debut to the present, from the "shocking" value of the early films to the award-winning mastery of the later ones. Prerequisite: ability to understand spoken Spanish. Readings in English. Midterm and final paper can be in English. Majors should write in Spanish.