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The place of the political in Latin American literature and cinema


Admission requirements

Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese B1


Summary description:

This course aims to discuss and analyze the place of politics in the culture of Latin America. Concepts from international and Latin American theory will be used, with special attention to the relationship between image, discourse, fiction and community. The common thread of the seminar will be to distinguish the place of the political in Latin American literary and cinematographic fiction during the 20th and 21st centuries. To do this, work will be done in the first instance on an adequate definition of the concept of politics and the political, based on the most current debate on this topic. We will also address the current debate on Latin American modernity and its cultural and political guidelines. In the third place, the concept of experience will be studied, linked to the previous topics, and in the fourth place, cases of films and stories in which both "the political" and "the modern" play a fundamental role will be studied. Working on Latin American cinema and literature, we will try to arrive at a more exact notion about the relationship between politics and aesthetics and general considerations about the experience of Latin American modernity.

Course objectives

The skills you will encounter in this course are:

Solving problems (recognizing problems-analyzing, solution-oriented thinking)
Analytical thinking (analytical skills, abstraction, evidence)
Project management (planning, demarcation, result orientation)
Responsibility (ownership, self-discipline, responsible attitude towards own project, acknowledging mistakes)/
Commitment (dedication, motivation, proactive attitude, own initiative)
Self-regulation (independence, insight into own goals, motives and capacities)
Oral communication (speaking skills, listening)
Written communication (writing skills, structuring, summarizing)
Collaboration (teamwork, support, loyalty, keeping agreements, attendance)
Flexibility (dealing with changes, eagerness to learn, adaptability)
Critical thinking (asking questions, checking assumptions)
Creative thinking (resourcefulness, curiosity, thinking out of the box)
Integrity (honesty, morals, ethical behavior, personal values)Intercultural skills (communication with different cultures)



Mode of instruction



Assessment method


  • 80 percent participation in the course having read the texts beforehand. This will be evaluated on the occasion of the discussion presentation of texts by class (20% of the grade);

Written presentation of one of the topics (30% of the grade);

Final written work (paper): (50% of the grade).


The final mark for the course is determined by determining the weighted average based on partial marks.


Resit by means of a paper (100%)

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

The study material can be found on Brightspace in a special folder with copied texts.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on this website

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Dr. G. Inzaurralde

Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats

Coordinator of Studies: Tim Sanders


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