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The place of the political in literature and cinema


Admission requirements

Be enrolled as a student of the Master's Program in Research in Latin American Studies. This course can be followed by students who have a good command of the Spanish language, or a passive domain of Spanish with active Portuguese proficiency.


This course aims to discuss and analyze the place of politics in Latin American culture. Concepts of international and Latin American theory will be used, with special attention for the relationship between image, discourse, fiction and community. The theme 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 this end, work will be carried out in the first instance on an adequate definition of the concept of politics and politics 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 patterns. Secondly, the concept of experience will be studied, linked to the previous themes and thirdly, cases of films and stories will be studied in which both "the political" and "the modern" play a fundamental role. Working on Latin American cinema and literature we will try to arrive at a more exact notion about the relationship between politics and culture or politics and art and about general considerations about the experience in Latin American modernity.

Course objectives

Cultural studies.
The ability to analyse and engage in the international academic debate on Latin America and Modernity.
A thorough knowledge and understanding of the interdisciplinary aspects of Latin American studies.
A thorough knowledge and understanding of central research questions and debates in the field of Latin American studies.
Build an argument that leads to its conclusion in a clear, coherent, and verifiable manner
Reflect on theoretical, social and ethical aspects in the debate on Latin American modernity
The ability to give persuasive oral presentations;
To write a well-founded written report of the state of the art in their research field of Latin American modernities.


Timetable MA LAS

Timetable ResMA LAS

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

  • Research

Course Load

Full course load: 280 hours.

  • Class hours: 3 hours per week: 39 hrs;

  • Hours of study / reading material: 121 hrs (7 pages per hour = 847 pages);

  • Hours for writing the final work: 120 hrs.

Assessment method


80 percent participation in the course having read the texts in advance. This will be evaluated during the discussion presentation of texts by class (20% of the grade);
Presentation of one of the topics (20% of the grade);
Final written work: (60% of the grade).


The final grade is the final average of the sum of the previous ones and must be equal to or greater than 6.0 to be considered approved.


The resit takes places if the final grade is lower than 6.0. This resit consists of an improved version of the final work within a predetermined period.

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.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

Reading list

Literature for the course will appear on Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in Engels and Nederlands

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte

Registration Contractonderwijs


For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
dhr. Dr. G. Inzaurralde

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


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