Paul Julian Smith
Campus Affiliation: CUNY Graduate Center
Research Interests: Modern Spain and Mexico, especially media studies: film and television.
Paul Julian Smith came to the Graduate Center as Distinguished Professor in 2010. He is an internationally recognized critic in Hispanic cultural studies. He has been Visiting Professor in 10 universities including Stanford, NYU and Carlos III, Madrid and has given over 100 lectures and invited papers around the world. Elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2008, his interests are wide-ranging and interdisciplinary. His Writing in the Margin (Oxford University Press, 1988) was the first systematic application of poststructuralist critical theory to literature of the Spanish Golden Age, and The Moderns: Time, Space, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Spanish Culture (Oxford University Press, 2000) was a groundbreaking examination of Spanish urban space. As the Spanish film critic for the British Film Institute's Sight and Sound magazine, Smith has written dozens of reviews and, as the author of Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar (Verso, 1994 and 2000), earned a reputation as the major world scholar on the films of the Spanish director. Smith went beyond the field of cinema in Contemporary Spanish Culture: TV, Fashion, Art, and Film (Polity, 2003) to examine cultural areas that receive less academic attention; and his 2007 work Spanish Visual Culture: Cinema, Television, Internet (Manchester University Press) explores emotion, location, and nostalgia in each of these media. His most recent book is Spanish Practices: Literature, Cinema, Television (Oxford: Legenda, 2012). Smith's research also focuses on Mexico, including a book on the groundbreaking film Amores Perros (BFI, 2003). He was a juror at the Morelia Film Festival in Mexico in 2009, is a regular contributor to Film Quarterly, and is one of the founding editors of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. A tribute ('homenaje') to him was held at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid in 2013. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, where he was the Professor of Spanish for 19 years before coming to the Graduate Center.
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•Spanish Practices: Literature, Cinema, Television
•Between Cinema and Television: Spanish Screen Fiction
•New Approaches to Spanish Television (ed., JSCS)
•Spanish Visual Culture: Cinema, Television, Internet
•Television in Spain: From Franco to Almodóvar
•Amores perros (BFI Modern Classics); traducción al español
•Contemporary Spanish Culture: TV, Fashion, Art, and Film
•Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar
•The Moderns: Time, Space, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Spanish Culture
•The Theatre of García Lorca: Text, Performance, Psychoanalysis
•Vision Machines: Cinema, Literature, and Sexuality in Spain and Cuba
•Laws of Desire: Questions of Homosexuality in Spanish Writing and Film 1960-90.
(disponible: traducción al español)
Articles for Film Quarterly:
•On the beach: Guadalajara International Film Festival
•Escape artistry: debating The Skin I live In
Article from proceedings of SELICUP conference (2010):
•Youth Culture in Spain: between cinema and television.
Article for Criterion DVD Collection:
•The Spirit of the Beehive
Chapter for Cambridge University Press:
•Introduction: The Theatre of García Lorca
Articles and reviews for Sight and Sound:
•Somos lo que hay/We Are What We Are
•Linha de passe
•Y tu mamá también
•Hable con ella/Talk to Her
•Todo sobre mi madre/All About My Mother
•El espinazo del diablo/The Devil's Backbone
•City of God
•Abre los ojos/Open Your Eyes
•Goya en Burdeos/Goya in Bordeaux
•La lengua de las mariposas/Butterflys Tongue
•Ya Cuba/Soy Cuba/I Am Cuba
•Paul Julian Smith's collected film reviews on Google site
Read interview with PJS in Guadalajara, Mexico (2013):
Los nuevos rumbos del cine y la televisión mexicanos.
Watch PJS on CUNY TV (2012):
A Soviet film version of Don Quixote.
Listen to podcast of lecture by PJS in University of London (2010):
'Hispanic Gay Autobiography: From Text to Film'
Watch 80-min video of lecture by PJS on global cinema (2007):
The Euthanasia Debate in The Sea Inside (Mar adentro) and Tele5's Periodistas
Read interview with PJS in Madrid (2006):
Entrevista con Paul Julian Smith