Screening Youth in Contemporary Latin American Cinema|
This course will examine some of the most important Latin American films to emerge in the past three decades that have cast children and teenagers as protagonists. We will analyze a large body of films that address issues of historical memory, economic inequality, social conflict, political activism, education, sexuality, cultural identity, and citizenship through the lens of the child or adolescent. These films question the roles of minors in relation to the political arena and reflect upon the constructions of childhood that operate at a social level with important political implications. Students will explore the aesthetic and social dynamics at play in the representation of young protagonists and develop interpretative filmic skills through an exploration of the connections between the technical composition of the works and the social, political, and cultural contexts that they address. Besides the varied cultural, theoretical, formal, and historical elements that this course will examine, one of the central components is a creative module in which students will develop an idea for a short film based on their own personal coming-of-age narrative.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (EDST)(FILM-MN)(HISP)(LAST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Films to be studied include Los olvidados, Rodrigo D: No futuro, La vendedora de rosas, Rapado, Los herederos, Y tu mamá también, La teta asustada, La ciénaga, La niña santa, Cochochi, Alamar, La Playa D.C., Pelo Malo, Temporada de patos, Ixcanul, among others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Assignments include 2 short papers, a creative project, weekly participation in course blog and a final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is intended for students who have completed SPAN 221 with a B- or better. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before pre-registering. Readings, written assignments, and class discussion will be in Spanish.
CONDITIONS FOR CR/U STUDENT OPTION:
The Department of Romance Languages & Literatures normally does not recognize CR/U except for COL students. The reason is that learning effectively in another language calls for regular completion of multiple activities over the course of the term, including faithful attendance and informed participation. In our experience students have counted on grades to determine where to focus their efforts. Because of the pandemic we have made the CR/U option available, but it should be chosen only as a measure of last resort. Since a full university credit is involved no matter what the grading option, bear in mind that CR/U assumes students will complete all graded activities including attendance and participation satisfactorily. Remember, too, that the Hispanic Literatures & Cultures major and study abroad continue to require that courses be completed with a minimum grade. If you take your course CR/U, your professor will record the letter grade and the Spanish section will decide accordingly whether the grade is sufficient for you to continue to the next level, to study abroad, to meet the requirement for acceptance into the major, or for the course to count for the major. If you are having difficulties of any kind, we urge you to contact your professor immediately to see what can be done to address them.
|Instructor(s): Ospina,María Times: ..T.R.. 01:00PM-02:20PM; Location: FISK413; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 16||SR major: 9||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 1||SO: 2||FR: 1|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 3||1st Ranked: 1||2nd Ranked: 0||3rd Ranked: 0||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 2|