AMCULT 420 - Latin American & Latino/a Film Studies
Winter 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Nine credits chosen from: SPANISH 279 and 399 or two RCLANG 324; and six credits chosen from SPANISH 279 and 399.
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
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The main goal of this class is to understand cinema as a socio-political phenomenon. In order to attain such an understanding, we will discuss four important moments within Latin American cinema: 1) The origins and the configuration of film national industries. 2) Cinema and political movements: from the Cuban Revolution and “Cinema de la base” to the “Aesthetic of Hunger” and the vernacular reaction to Hollywood. 3) Cinema and repression: testimonial, denunciatory and Human Rights narratives; and 4) Globalization, cinema, and the consolidation of the “Society of Spectacle”. The main hypothesis guiding this class is that cinema, far from being one among other cultural expressions, is the most important pedagogical tool in the process of formation and consolidation of the ‘public’ and the subsequent hegemonic articulations of power, within the context of the Nation-State and beyond, in the Cold War historical frame and in the current globalized and consumption-oriented context. The class will combine the rereading of specific texts and the analysis of several movies.

This course counts as elective credit for the Spanish minor.


AMCULT 420 - Latin American & Latino/a Film Studies
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001 (REC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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