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Paul Julian Smith
Phone: (212) 817-8393
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 and at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in 2013, 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 and his most recent book was launched at four events in Mexico in 2014, including at the Cineteca Nacional in Mexico City and the Guadalajara International Film Festival. 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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Mexican Screen Fiction: Between Cinema and Television
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:
Pan's Labyrinth
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:
Miss Bala
Somos lo que hay/We Are What We Are
Linha de passe
Lower City
Y tu mamá también
Hable con ella/Talk to Her
Todo sobre mi madre/All About My Mother
Torremolinos 73
21 Grams
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

Film Reviews

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