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.