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Optional Modules

Centre of Latin American Studies

Mural by Diego Rivera, Palacio Nacional, Mexico City

Cinema and the Politics of Representation in Latin America

This module offers students the opportunity to explore an exciting range of films from Latin America that have addressed key political themes and reshaped our understanding of political cinema. Taking us from the early films of the 1920s to contemporary productions, the module will examine questions of biopolitics, violence, neocolonialism, globalization, and sexuality, and their (often very innovative) representation in fiction and documentary films. Emphasis will be placed on studying films within the cultural and social contexts of their production, as well as in the light of current theories of visual culture.

Teaching takes the form of open-discussion seminars at which students are asked to present short papers. Students are also encouraged to attend lectures on Latin American cinema and visual arts given by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. We have extensive resources for the study of visual culture in Cambridge, including an archive of over 500 Latin American films (Catalogue available to computers within academic institutions).

Most, but not all, of the key films set for study are subtitled, and there is usually a reasonable amount of secondary reading in English. Students without advanced Spanish have successfully taken this module in the past, but if you have any queries on this score, please contact the module coordinator, Dr Joanna Page.

The module is shared with the MPhil in Film Screen and Studies and the MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures.