Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A13. Coming of Age in Latin American and Latino Fiction and Film

Contemporary Latin American and U.S. Latino artists often focus on childhood and adolescence in their fiction, memoirs, and films. What is at stake in these representations of children and teenagers? What compels artists and writers to tell stories again and again about the past of childhood? And what does reimagining childhood have to do with thinking about the future of a community? During this seminar we will analyze fictional, autobiographical, and cinematic narratives of childhood and adolescence from Latin America and the U.S. to see how such narratives not only describe personal pasts and identities, but also document traumatic collective histories, and work to create a cultural memory.