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SN1105 Culture and Identity in Latin America

SN1105 Culture and Identity in Latin America

2015-16: Term 2

Convenor: Dr Miriam Haddu


Essay 1: 30% 1,200 – 1,500 words; Essay 2: 60%, 1,500 – 2,000 words.

Oral Presentation: 10%


Students on this course will be introduced to some of the most important literary, visual and cinematic works from twentieth century Latin America. The works from selected writers pertaining to the Latin American Literary Boom will feature on this course, as well as Nobel Prize winning poets from Latin America. Students on this course will be provided with samples of the artistic wealth (both in styles and techniques) from artists across the Latin American continent. Attention will be paid to the question of identity as reflected in the cinemas of Cuba and Mexico; two of the most important film industries from Spanish-speaking America.

Key Primary Bibliography/ Filmography:

Set Texts:

Abel Posse, Los perros del paraíso

Octavio Paz,Piedra de sol

Gabriel García Márquez, Cien años de soledad


Friday Kahlo: paintings

Tina Modotti: photography

Filmic Texts:

Diarios de motocicleta (2004) dir. Walter Salles 

Fresa y chocolate (1993) dir. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío 

Azúcar amarga (1996) dir. Leon Ichaso 

Secondary Literature: General, Theoretical, Introductory

Patricia D’Allemand, Latin American Cultural Criticism- Reinterpreting a Continent (Edwin Mellen Press, 2000)

George Cabello Castellet (ed), Cine-Lit III Essays on Hispanic Film and Fiction (Oregon State University, 1997)

Catherine Davies/ Anny Brooksbank Jones, Latin American Women’s Writing (Clarendon Press, 1996)

Davies, Catherine, Companion to Hispanic Studies (London: Arnold, 2002)

Djelal Kadir, The Other Writing: Essays in Postcolonialism and Latin America’s Writing Culture (Purdue University Press, 1993)

John King, Magical Reels: a history of cinema in Latin America (London: Verso, 1990)

Mario B Mignone, (ed), Columbus: Meeting of cultures (New York: Forum Italicum, 1993)

Neil Larson, Reading North by South: On Latin American Literature, Culture, Politics (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1995)

Santiago, Juan-Navarro/ Theodore Robert Young, (eds); A Twice Told Tale: Reinventing the Encounter in Iberian/Iberian American Literature and Film (London: University of Delaware Press, 2001)



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