This topic will examine key aspects of contemporary Latin American society through the analysis of several films and/or texts. Films and literary texts will examine key issues in Latin American cinema such as questions of violence and power, race and ethnicity, eroticism and the construction of gender and sexuality, the representation of border issues, migration, urban life, and youth culture, social change.
The topic focuses on films and literary texts within the cultural and social contexts of their production, in the light of current theories of film and literature. The topic shows how from these films and literary works there emerges a strong critique of the traditional and often stereotypical image of Latin America and Hispanics.
The program will change, depending on changes in resources. As such the choice of examining films, literary texts or a combination will vary form year to year. Authors and film-makers who may be covered in this topic are, among others, Roberto Bolano, Isabel Allende, Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Pablo Urbanyi, Elena Poniatowska, Angeles Mastretta and Margo Glantz.; Enrique Fabián Bielinsky, Marcelo Pineyro, Jorge Gaggero, Leonardo Di Cesare. Pablo Trapero, Eliseo Subiela and Carlos Sorín.