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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, historical and contemporary, which have addressed key political themes and reshaped our understanding of political cinema. Taking us from the radical Third Cinema productions of the 1960s through to the current day, 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 and other visual arts 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 approximately 500 Latin American films (Catalogue available to computers within academic institutions).

Students will be expected already to have (or to be able to acquire rapidly during the course) good listening comprehension and reading knowledge of Spanish. Some of the films set for study are not available with subtitles and secondary reading is often in Spanish. We suggest you seek advice from a member of staff regarding language laboratory resources should you need help in improving your level of Spanish comprehension.

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