Undergraduate Course: Latin American Film: History, Identity and Social Justice (ELCH10059)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course - delivered by a mixture of presentations, set readings, films to analyse, and class discussion - will offer an introduction to a range of Latin American films from different periods and styles, focusing on how filmmakers have recorded and contested societal and political upheaval. Students will examine a select corpus (originally in Spanish and in some cases in indigenous languages) in order to explore issues relating to history, identity and social justice. The syllabus includes films and criticism from a range of polities across the region and the course will make reference to broader continental and international currents, such as the New Latin American Cinema. The material will be discussed in terms of both the aesthetic contributions the films have made and their foregrounding of discourses on memory, nation, gender and ethnicity.
A selection of the following themes will be covered:
- Introduction to Film Theory and Analysis;
- Latin American Film history overview;
- Third Cinema, Imperfect Cinema, and pornomiseria;
- Patricio Guzman and the Pinochet dictatorship;
- Post-dictatorship film in Argentina;
- Urban culture and film aesthetics;
- Displacement and the politics of land;
- Gender and sexuality
- Indigenous and Afro-Latin American narratives.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Entry to Spanish Hons required.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
1x500-word commentary (40%)
1x2,000-word comparative essay (60%).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically situate a diverse range of Latin American films in their appropriate artistic contexts;
- Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the importance of cultural interventions in broader political, social and identitarian struggles in Latin America;
- Apply key concepts and terminology in analytical writing on Latin American film;
- Discern the appropriate balance between context/formal film analysis for commentaries/comparative essay assignments.
|Key readings will be made available on the Learn site or through a Resource List and will be read weekly for class study.|
Additional reading includes:
Aguilar, Gonzalo. Otros mundos: Un ensayo sobre el nuevo cine argentino (Buenos Aires: Santiago Arcos, 2006)
Andermann, Jens. New Argentine Cinema (London and New York: I. B. Tauris, 2012)
Hayward, Susan. Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts (London and New York: Routledge, 2000)
King, John. Magical Reels: A History of Cinema in Latin America. London & New York; Verso, 1990.
King, John, Ana M. López and Manuel Alvarado. Mediating Two Worlds: Cinematic Encounters in the Americas. London: British Film Institute, 1993.
Martin, Michael T. New Latin American Cinema. Vol I & II. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1997.
Page, Joanna. Crisis and Capitalism in Contemporary Argentine Cinema (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2009)
Pick, Zuzana M. The New Latin American Cinema: a Continental Project. Austin: U of Texas P, 1993.
Shaw, Deborah. Contemporary Latin American Cinema; Breaking into the Global Market. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.
Shohat, Ella and Robert Stam. Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media (London and New York: Routledge, 1994)
Stam, Robert. Film Theory: An Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000)
Stock, Ann Marie. Framing Latin American Cinema: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1997.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||This course is delivered by a mixture of mini-lectures, presentations, set readings, film clip analysis, and class discussion.
|Course organiser||Dr Charlotte Gleghorn
Tel: (0131 6)51 3237
|Course secretary||Miss Kat Zabecka
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026