SPAN-398-01 Film, Literature, Dictatorship
Fall for 2017-2018
Faculty:
In the twentieth century, Spain and many countries in Latin America have been united by the common experience of dictatorship. Non-democratically elected regimes in a number of settings and historical periods have censored literature and journalism; imprisoned citizens with opposing viewpoints; and even tortured and killed thousands of people identified by the government as “subversive.” In this course, we will examine novels and films that represent these oppressive regimes, examining the roles of historical memory, law, and ethics as they relate to literature and society. Just a few of the contexts we will explore include Argentina’s “dirty war”; Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile; and Franco’s rule in Spain. We will read novels by authors such as Mario Vargas Llosa (La fiesta del chivo), Valle Inclán (Tirano Banderas), Francisco Ayala (Muertes de perro), Ariel Dorfman (Viudas), and Luisa Valenzuela (Cambio de armas) and watch films such as La historia oficial, Four Days in September, Garage Olimpo, and Los rubios. All readings, written assignments, and discussions will be in Spanish.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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