Hispanic Studies 298. Experimental Courses
Visualizing Latin American Culture
The interaction between verbal and visual expression has crucial implications in Latin American culture. Dating back to the colonial chronicles, Latin American artists and writers have combined texts and images for a variety of purposes. Writers, photographers, artists, and filmmakers throughout the twentieth century in Latin America have produced works with any number of political and aesthetic priorities, from testimonials and documentaries to social critiques, ethnographies, and fiction. These often cooperative ventures document revolution, redefine indigenism, comment on mourning and memory, and characterize the explosion of urban space in their specific Latin American contexts.
In this course we will explore relations between verbal and visual forms of expression in Latin American culture, particularly how such combinations cause the reader and viewer, as well as the artists, to reflect more critically on the visual and the verbal as means of representation, contributing to wider debates on the politics of representation.