Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Hispanic Studies


Hispanic Studies 398. Experimental Courses

Childhood in Latin American Fiction and Film

The past is of crucial importance in all national cultural contexts, particularly those that have faced a colonial heritage. Narratives focusing on children or adolescents can uniquely remember a complex, sometimes traumatic history. In this course we will explore how childhood has been deployed in Latin American film and fiction as a method of representing and shaping a collective memory of the national past. We will explore how writers and filmmakers re-imagine childhood not only to document personal pasts, but also to focus on national identity as a dynamic and incomplete process, to activate different affective legacies of past trauma, and to signify desires for future generations.