Natural's Not in It: Pedro Almodovar (SPAN-340PA-01/FLMST-380PA-01)

Film Director Pedro Almodovar (image licensed for reuse).

Special Topics in Advanced Studies in Visual Culture

Instructor: Justin Crumbaugh

Cross-listed as: FLMST-380PA-01

Offered: Spring 2022 (topics change per semester)

What can a weeping transvestite teach us about desire?

What happens when plastic surgery and organ transplants become metaphors?

Professor Crumbaugh's course asks these and many other provocative questions in his course on Pedro Almodóvar, European cinema's favorite bad boy but also a two- time Oscar-winning director.

On the one hand, students learn to situate films within the context of contemporary Spanish history (the transition to democracy, the advent of globalization, etc.) in order to consider the local contours of postmodern aesthetics. On the other hand, the films provide a springboard to reflect on larger theoretical and ethical debates.