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Things Can Only Get Better: The Role of the Arts and Cultural Institutions in Spain's Transition to Democracy (1962-1992), 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Dr Duncan Wheeler
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Set Texts 


Students are expected to have seen/read/heard the set texts prior to the lecture on the week indicated in brackets. These texts are available in the library, Blackwells and/or Amazon.   




Alonso de Santos, José (2013), Bajarse al moro/Going down to Morocco, ed. Duncan Wheeler (Oxford: Oxbow). (Slot 8) 

Cervera, Rafa (2003), Alaska y otras historias de la movida (Barcelona: Debosillo). (Slots 6 and 7)   

Grandes, Almudena (2005), Las edades de Lulú (Barcelona: Túsquets). (Slot 9)   




La caza (Carlos Saura, 1966). (Slot 3) 

El crimen de Cuenca (Pilar Miró, 1979). (Slot 5) 

Los santos inocentes (Mario Camus, 1984). (Slot 7) 

Jamón, Jamón (Bigas Luna, 1992). (Slot 10) 

Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (Pedro Almodóvar. 1980). (Slot 7) 


Songs (+ lyrics) 


Alaska y Dinarama (1986), A quién le importa. (Slot 6) 

Julio Iglesias (1970), La vida sigue igual. (Slot 2) 

Massiel (1968), La, la, la. (Slot 2) 

Mecano (1981), Hoy no me puedo levantar. (Slot 6) 

Raphael (1966), Yo soy aquel. (Slot 2) 

Raphael (1967), Mi gran noche. (Slot 2)  

Joaquín Sabina (1980), Pongamos que hablo de Madrid. (Slot 6) 

Joaquín Sabina (1984), Caballo de cartón. (Slot 6) 

Joan Manuel Serrat (1969), Cantares. (Slot 6) 



Further Reading 


I have attempted, where possible to include works that are available in the library or to order them. Unfortunately, however, in some cases, this simply has not been possible and, in order to make the bibliography as exhaustive as possible, I have not removed these items. If you find yourself unable to locate an item you want to consult via the library (in either text or electronic form), please contact Duncan Wheeler as he has his own personal copies of many of the items; please DO NOT contact him about items that can be found in the university by the usual means.  Students should read a selection of background reading, and should be in a position to discuss what they have read in preparation for each seminar; in the extended bibliography section, the slot to which each item pertains is indicated in brackets. There is less reading for weeks 1 and 2 then there is for subsequent sessions; students should take this opportunity to familiarise themselves with the set texts and a cross-section of the background reading. Texts in bold are particularly recommended.  


Background Reading: Spanish Politics, History and Culture 


Alonso, Gregorio and Diego Muro (eds.) (2011), Politics and Memory of Democratic Transition: The Spanish Model (London: Routledge).  

Chislett, William (2013), Spain: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 

Hooper, John (1995),  The New Spaniards, 2nd ed. (London: Penguin).   

Martín Gaite, Carmen (1994), Usos amorosos de la postguerra española (Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama). 

Romero Salvadó, Francisco J. (1999), Twentieth-Century Spain: Politics and Society in Spain, 1898-1998  (New        York: St Martin’s Press). 

Shubert, Adrian (1990), A Social History of Modern Spain (London: Unwin Hyman). 

Treglown, Jeremy (2013), Franco's Crypt: Spanish Culture and Memory since 1936  (New York: Farrar Straus Giroux). 

Tremlett, Giles (2006). Ghosts of Spain (Travels Through a Country’s Hidden Past) (London: Faber and  



Background Reading: Cinema 


Bentley, Bernard P.E (2008), A Companion to Spanish Cinema (Woodbridge: Tamesis).  

Besas, Peter (1985),  Behind the Spanish Lens: Spanish Cinema under Fascism and Democracy (Denver: Arden Press). 

Caughie, John and Annette Kuhn (1992), The Sexual Subject: A Screen Reader in Sexuality (London: Routledge).   

Faulkner, Sally (2013), A History of Spanish Film, Cinema and Society 1910-2010 (London: Bloomsbury).  

Jordan, Barry and Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas (1998), Contemporary Spanish Cinema (Manchester, Manchester U Press). 

Labanyi, Jo and Tatjana Pavlović (2012) (eds.),  A Companion to Spanish Cinema (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell). 

Pavlović, Tatjana, et. al. (2009), 100 Years of Spanish Cinema (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell). 

Stone, Rob (2002), Spanish Cinema (Harlow: Pearson Education Limited). 

T          Triana-Toribio, Núria (2003), Spanish National Cinema (London: Routledge). 


Background Reading: Theatre and Literature 


Bennett, Susan (1997), Theatre Audiences: A Theory of Production and Reception, 2nd ed, (London: Routledge). 

Delgado, María M (2003), ‘Other’ Spanish Theatres (Erasure and Inscription on the Twentieth-Century Spanish Stage) (Manchester: Manchester UP). 

Delgado, María M and David T. Gies (eds.) (2012), A History of Theatre in Spain (Cambridge: Cambridge UP).   

Labanyi, Jo (2010), Spanish Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford UP).  

Oliva, César (1996), Teatro español del siglo XX (Madrid: Síntesis). 

Perriam, Chris et. al. (2000),  A New History of Spanish Writing, 1939-the 1990s (Oxford: Oxford UP).  

Ragué-Arias, María-José (1996), El teatro de fin de milenio en España (de 1975 hasta hoy) (Barcelona: Editorial Ariel).  


Background Reading: Cultural Studies and Popular Music 


Adorno, Theodoro W. (1991), ‘Culture industry reconsidered’ in The Culture Industry (Selected Essays on Mass Culture), Theodor W. Adorno, ed. J.M. Bernstein (London: Routledge), 85-92. 

--- and Max Horkheimer (1993), ‘The culture industry: enlightenment as mass deception’ in The Cultural Studies Reader, ed. Simon During (London: Routledge), 29-48. 

Frith, Simon (1998), Performing Rites: Evaluating Popular Music (Oxford: Oxford UP).   

Graham, Helen and Jo Labanyi (eds.) (1995), Spanish Cultural Studies (An Introduction): The Struggle for Modernity (Oxford: Oxford UP). 

Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies (2009), Special ed. dedicated to popular music, 10.2. 

Martínez, Silvia and Héctor Fouce (eds.) (2013), Made in Spain: Studies in Popular Music (London: Routledge).  

Nichols. William J. and H Rosi Song (eds.) (2014), Toward a Cultural Archive of La Movida: Back to the Future (Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson Press) 

Savage, Jon (2002), England’s Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock and Beyond (New York: St Martin’s Griffin).  

Smith, Paul Julian (1999), ‘Towards a cultural studies of the Spanish state’, Paragraph, 22.1: 6-13. 


Extended Bibliography 


Acevedo-Muñoz, Ernesto R. (2007), Pedro Almodóvar (London: BFI - World Directors Series). (Slot 7) 

Almodóvar, Pedro (1991), Patty Diphusa y otros textos (Barcelona: Anagrama). (Slots 6 and 7) 

Almodóvar, Pedro (2000), Pepi, Luci, Bom’ in My First Movie, ed. Stephen Lowenstein (London: Faber and Faber), 234-51. (Slots 6 and 7) 

Amell, Samuel (1990), Literature, the Arts and Democracy: Spain in the Eighties, (London: Associated UPs) (Slot. 8) 

Ballesteros, Isolina (2001), ‘Convergencias y alianzas culturales: las adaptaciones fílmicas de obras literarias en el período socialista’ in Cine (ins)urgente, Isolina Ballesteros (Madrid: Ediciones Fundamentos), 153-74. (Slot. 7) 

Bermúdez, Silvia (1996), ‘Sexing the Bildungsroman: Las edades de Lulú, pornography, and the pleasure principle’ in Bodies and Biases: Sexualities in Hispanic Cultures and Literatures, eds. David William Foster and Roberto Reis (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press), 165-83. (Slot 9) 

Bernal, Francisco and César Oliva (1996), El teatro público en España (1939-1978) (Madrid: Ediciones J. García Verdugo). (Slot 8) 

Bezhanova, Olga (2009), ‘La angustia de ser mujer en el Bildungsroman femenino: Varsavasky, Boullosa y Grandes’, Espéculo: revista de estudios literarios, 41: no pagination (available online). (Slot 9) 

            Brooksbank Jones, Anny (1997), Women in Contemporary Spain (Manchester: Manchester UP). (Slot 9) 

Burns, James (1977), 'The wrinkled new face of Spain', Index on Censorship, 6.3: 3-8. (Slot 5)  

Conte, Rafael (1990), Una cultura portátil: cultura y sociedad en la España de hoy (Madrid: Ediciones Temas  

            de Hoy). (Slot 6) 

Cardús i Ros, Salvador (2000), ‘Politics and the invention of memory. For a sociology of the transition to democracy in Spain’ in Disremembering the Dictatorship: The Politics of Memory in the Spanish Transition to Democracy, ed. Joan Ramón Resina (Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi B.V.), 17-28. (Slots 5-7) 

Crumbaugh, Justin (2009), Destination Dictatorship (Albany: SUNY Press). (Slots. 2-3) 

Cueto, Elena (1995), ‘La estanquera de Vallecas y Bajarse al moro: Alonso de Santos y el público español de los 80’, Romance Language Annual, 7: 436-40. (Slot 8)  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 02/11/2020) 

Delgado, Maria (1999), 'Saura's Los Golfos (1959; Released 1962); heralding a new cinema for the 1960s' in Spanish Cinema: The Auteurist Tradition, ed. Peter William Evans (Oxford: Oxford UP), 38-54. (Slot. 3). 

Deleyto, Celestino (1999), ‘Motherland, space, femininity, and Spanishness in  Jamón, Jamón (Bigas Luna, 1992)’ in Spanish Cinema: The Auteurist Tradition, ed. Peter William Evans (Oxford: Oxford UP), 177-93. (Slot 10) 

Díaz, Luis (1987), ‘La manipulación de la cultura popular en España: entre el folklorismo homogeneizador y la búsqueda de señas de identidad’ in Iberian Identity: Essays on the Nature of Identity in Portugal and Spain, eds. Richard Herr and John H.R. Polt (Berkeley: Institute of International Studies), 98-111. (Slot 2)  

D’Lugo, Marvin (1995), ‘Bigas Luna’s Jamón Jamón: remaking the national in Spanish cinema’ in Spain Today: Essays on Literature, Culture, Society, eds. José Colmeiro et. al (Hanover:  Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Dartmouth College), 67-81. (Slot 10)  

D’Lugo, Marvin (2006), Pedro Almodóvar (Contemporary Film Directors) (Urbana and Chicago: UP of Illinois). (Slot 7) 

Duchesne, Juan (1995), ‘Soreprenderla mirando…: porno-pedagogía en Sade y Almudena Grandes’, Nómada, 1: 51-66. (Slot 9)  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Desfor Edles, Laura (1998), Symbol and Ritual in the New Spain: The Transition to Democracy after Franco          (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). (Slot 5) 

Falcón Osorio, Pilar (1998), El imperio rosa: poder e influencia de la prensa de corazón (Barcelona: Editiorial CIMS). (Slot 9) 

Faulkner, Sally (2004), ‘The question of authenticity: Camus’s film adaptation of Cela’s La colmena’, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, 1: 17-25. (Slot 7) 

Faulkner, Sally (2004), Literary Adaptations in Spanish Cinema (Woodbridge: Tamesis) (Slot 7) 

Faulkner, Sally (2006), A Cinema of Contradiction: Spanish Film in the 1960s (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press). (Slot 3) 

Ferrán, Ofelia (ed.) (2002), Gender, Sexuality and the Literary Market in Spain at the End of the Millenium (New York: Routledge). (Slot. 9) 

Fouce, Héctor (2006), El futuro ya está aquí  (Madrid: Valecío Editores). (Slot. 6) 

Fouz-Hernández, Santiago and Alfredo Martínez-Expósito (2007), Live Flesh: The Male Body in Contemporary Spanish Cinema (London: I.B. Tauris and Co.). (Slot 10) 

Fraile, Alfredo (2013), Secretos confesables: Memorias (Madrid: Península). (Slot. 6).  

Francisco Fuentes, Juan (2011), Adolfo Suárez: la historia que no se contó (Barcelona: Planeta). (Slot. 5) 

Galán, Diego (2006), Pilar Miró: nadie me enseñó a vivir (Barcelona: Plaza Janés). (Slot. 5) 

Gallero, J.L. (1991), Sólo se vive una vez (esplendor y ruina de una vez): la movida madrileña (Madrid: Ediciones Ardora). (Slot. 6) 

Gutiérrez Carbajo, Francisco (2001), ‘Versiones fílmicas de Bajarse al moro, de José Luis Alonso de Santos, y de La mirada del hombre oscuro, de Ignacio del Moral’, ALEC, 26.1: 213-37. (Slot 8)  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 02/11/2020) 

Hessler, Christine, 2003. Contemporary Women’s Narrative and the Publishing Industry (Urbana: U of Illinois Press). (Slot 9) 

Holmes, Diana (2007), Romance and Readership in Twentieth-Century France: Love Stories (Oxford: Oxford UP) (Slot. 9) 

Lamartina-Lens, Iride (1994), ‘Sexo, drogas y rock y roll: un estudio sobre la disidencia cultural en el teatro español contemporáneo’ in De lo particular a lo universal: el teatro español del siglo XX y su contexto (Frankfurt: Vervuert-Iberoamericana). (Slot 8)  

Lewis, Tom (1994), ‘Afterword: aesthetics and politics’ in Critical Practices in Post-Franco Spain, eds. Silvia L. López, Jenaro Talens and Darío Villanueva (Minneapolis: U of Minnessota Press), 160-82. (Slot 6) 

López, Silvia L., Jenaro Talens and Darío Villanueva (1994), ‘Introduction: the politics of theory in post-Franco Spain’ in Critical Practices in Post-Franco Spain, eds. Silvia L. López, Jenaro Talens and Darío Villanueva (Minneapolis: U of Minnessota Press), ix-xxv. (Slot 6) 

López Martínez, Andrés (2013) Julio Iglesias (Madrid: Milenio) 

Luqui, Joaquín            (2013), 3, 2 o 1: tú y yo lo sabíamos (Madrid: Aguilar) (Slot. 5) 

Maginn, Alison (2002), ‘Female erotica in post-Franco Spain’, Ciberletras, 8: no pagination (available online). (Slot 9)   Available online 

Martín-Márquez, Susan (1999), Feminist Discourse and Spanish Cinema: Sight Unseen (Oxford: Oxford U Press). (Slot 5) 

Maycock, Ellen (2004), ‘Family systems theory and Almudena Grandes’ Las edades de Lulú’, ALEC, 29.1: 235-56. (Slot. 9)  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 02/11/2020) 

Medina, Alberto (2001). Exorcismos de la memoria (Madrid: Ediciones Libertarias). (Slot. 5)  

Morcillo, Aurora G. (2000), True Catholic Womanhood: Gender Ideology in Franco’s Spain (Illinois: Norther Illinois UP). (Slot 9) 

Morton, Andrew (2013), Ladies of Spain (Madrid: La esfera de libros) 

Navajas, Gonzalo (1996), ‘Duplicidad narrativa en Las edades de Lulú´ in Studies In Honor of Gilberto Paolini, eds. Mercedes Vidal Tibbits and Claire J. Paolini (Newark: Cuesta), 385-92. (Slot 9)   

Nicolas, Robert L. (1990), ‘La “historia” del sainete serio: Buero, Olmo y Fernán Gómez’, Romance Languages Annual, 2: 496-8. (Slot 8)  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 02/11/2020) 

Oliva, César (1994), ‘Teatro y poder en la escena española de hoy’, Crítica Hispánica, 16.1: 169-176. (Slot 8)  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 02/11/2020) 

--- (1994), ‘La puesta en escena en el teatro español de los ochenta’, Gestos, 18: 45-60. (Slot 8) 

--- (2008), ‘García Lorca y la puesta en escena de los clásicos’, Gestos, 45: 31-46. (Slot 8) 

Palacio, Manuel (2012), La televisión durante la Transición española (Madrid: Cátedra). (Slot 4) 

--- (ed.) (2011), El cine y la transición política en España, 1975-1987 (Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva). (Slots 5-7)  

Pavlović, Tatjana (2009), The Mobile Nation: España cambia de piel (1954-1964) (Slots 2-3)  

Pérez Millán, Juan Antonio (2007), Pilar Miró: directora de cine, 2nd ed (Madrid: Fundación Festival de Cine de Huesca, Ediciones Calamares). (Slot 5) 

Quaggio, Giulia (2014), La cultura en transición (Madrid: Alianza). (Slots 4-6) 

Quirós Alpera, Gabriel (2013), José Luis Alonso: Historia de la dirección escénica en España (Madrid:  

Fundamentos) .            

Radcliff, Pamela Beth (2011), Making Democratic Citizens in Spain (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) (Slot 4)  

Resina, Joan Ramón (2000), ‘Introduction’ in Disremembering the Dictatorship: The Politics of Memory in the Spanish Transition to Democracy, ed. Joan Ramón Resina (Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi B.V.), 1-15.  (Slot. 6) 

--- (2005), ‘Whose hispanism?: cultural trauma, disciplined memory, and symbolic dominance’ in Ideologies of Hispanism, ed. Mabel Moraña (Nashville: Vanderbilt UP), 160-86. (Slot. 6) 

Sabina, Joaquín and Javier Menéndez Flores (2007), En carne viva: Yo también sé jugarme la boca (Barcelona: Random House Mondadori). (Slot 6) 

Sánchez Noriega, José Luis (1998), Mario Camus (Madrid: Cátedra). (Slot 7)  

Schauer, Frederick (1998), ‘The ontology of censorship’ in Censorship and Silencing: Practices of Cultural Regulation, ed. Robert C. Post (Los Angeles: The Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities), 147-68. (Slot 5) 

Smith, Paul Julian (2000), Desire Unlimited (the Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar, 2nd ed. (London: Verso). (Slot 7) 

--- (2000), ‘Between land and language: locating Bigas Luna’ in The Moderns, Paul Julian Smith (Oxford: Oxford UP), 89-133. (Slot 10) 

--- (2006), 'The movida re-located: press, chronicle, novel' in Paul Julian Smith, Spanish Visual Culture: Cinema, Television, Internet (Manchester: Manchester UP), 51-74. (Slots 6-7) 

Thompson, Peter (1998), Bajarse al moro: a socio-political examination of the ‘family’ and contemporary SpainALEC, 23.3: 811-19. (Slot 8).   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 02/11/2020) 

Threlfall, Monica (1996), ‘Feminist politics and social change in Spain’ in Mapping the Women’s Movement: Feminist Politics and Social Transformation in the North, ed. Monica Threlfall (London: Verso), 115-51. (Slot 9) 

Torreiro, Casimiro (1995), ‘Del tardo franquismo a la democracia’ in Historia del cine español, 2nd ed, ed. Román Gubern et. al. (Madrid: Cátedra), 341-97. (Slot. 3) 

Torrell, Josep (2006), 'Eloy de la Iglesia en el recuerdo', El viejo topo, 222-223: 117. (Slot 7)  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 02/11/2020) 

Townson, Nigel (ed.) (2007), Spain Transformed: The Late Franco Dictatorship, 1959-1975 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) (Slots. 2-4).  

Triana-Toribio, Nuria (1998), ‘In memoriam: Pilar Miró (1940-1997)’, Film History, 10.2: 231-40. (Slot 5) 

Umbral, Francisco (1982), Spleen de Madrid/2 (Barcelona: Ediciones Destino). (Slot 6)  

Vilarós, Teresa M. (1998), El mono del desencanto: una crítica cultural de la transición española (1973-1993) (Madrid: Siglo Veintiuno de España Editores). (Slots 4-6) 

Vilches de Frutos, María Francisca (2008), ‘La temporada teatral española (1986-1987)’, ALEC, 13.3: 331-69. (Slot 8)  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 02/11/2020) 

Wharton, Barrie (2004), ‘From España ye-yé to España je-je: subversion and Spanishness in Bigas Luna’s Iberian trilogy’, Film and Film Culture, 3: 133-40. (Slot 10)    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 02/11/2020) 

Wheeler, Duncan (2013), 'At the crossroads of tradition and modernity: Raphael and the politics of popular music in Spain', Journal of European Popular Culture, 4.1: 55-70. (Slot 2)    

--- (2012), 'Raphael and Spanish popular song: a master entertainer and/or music for maids’, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 16: 11-30. (Slot. 2)  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 02/11/2020) 

--- (2014), 'Back to the future: (re-)packaging Spain’s troublesome past for local and global audiences' in Duncan Wheeler and Fernando Canet (eds.), (Re)viewing Creative, Critical and Commercial Trends in Contemporary Spanish Cinema (Bristol: Intellect), 205-32. (Slot 7).   

Zunzunegui, Santos (2005), Los felices sesenta (Barcelona: Paídos, 2005) (Slot 3). 

This list was last updated on 13/08/2020