Courses: The Past Is Not a Foreign Country: Representation of Dictatorship, Politics, and Memory in Chilean L (SPANH390B01)

Spring 2013

The representation of dictatorship and politics in Chilean literature and film at key historical moments, beginning with the rise of the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende (1970-73), continuing through the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990) and the so-called “transition” period from 1991 to the present. Central to our concerns are the relationship between the arts (literature and the cinema, principally) and history, trauma and the limits of representation, the problems of ideology and censorship, the representation of terror and violence, and the way in which writers and filmmakers from various generations, geographical locations, gender, and social class respond to the individual and collective effects of historical events and participate in the task of creating memory and making sense of the present through an assessment of the past.

Prerequisites: At least one upper-level course in Spanish. SPAN 240, POLSCI 237, or HIST 209 recommended.

Fulfills: HU Limit:15


Haverford, Hall 007

Meeting Times

T 7:30pm-10:00pm