‘Side-Splitting’: Spanish film comedy and questions of nationhood

My PhD Did you hear the one about the native Brit who defined Spanish humour? Welcome to my thesis, completed in December 2021 at Durham University: ‘Side-Splitting: Humour and National Identity in Contemporary Spanish Cinema (1970-2020)’. Over 3½ years at Durham, funded by AHRC Northern Bridge, my project examined how popular film comedies have satirised […]

Echoes of Spanish cinema in my PhD fieldwork

Flashes of scenery from the highway. The looming silhouette of a black bull against the blue sky. Flashes of scenery from a train. Arid scrub and seas of plastic greenhouses. I am abroad on PhD fieldwork, triangulating a research visit at the University of Alicante, visiting a friend in Madrid, then shadowing a Swiss colleague […]