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Lena Tahmassian

Ph.D. Candidate in Modern Iberian Literatures and Cultures

Lena specializes in Modern Spanish Cultural Studies and Literature. Her dissertation analyzes the reconfiguration of subjectivities and political possibilities in the culture of the Spanish Transition to Democracy. She has taught both Spanish and Catalan languages at Stanford as well as a course on the cinema of Pedro Almodóvar. Lena has published on the origins of Spain's democratic project and is currently a Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellow through the Stanford Humanities Center. She is also an instructor at the Prison University Project, currently teaching Spanish to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison.   

 

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.