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What does the portrayal of gender in film reveal about Spanish society? To what extent and in what ways does Spanish cinema contribute to constructions of national and regional identity? How does gender interact with ethnicity, class, politics and history? Gender and Spanish Cinema addresses these questions and more in its examination of twentieth-century Spanish film. Defining ‘gender’ in its broadest sense, the authors discuss topics such as body, performance, desire and fantasy. Gender is not considered in isolation, but is discussed in relation to nationalism, race, memory, psychoanalyisis, and historical context. The chapters are wide-ranging, dealing with subjects such as Buñuel, cinema under Franco, 1950s melodrama and Pedro Almodóvar. Bringing together leading academics from the US, UK, and Spain, this volume provides the first broad overview of the relationship between Spanish cinema and gender.