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Module

LAS2033 : Envisioning Identities in Latin American Film

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Dunja Fehimovic
  • Lecturer: Dr Fernando Da Silva Beleza Correia Pinto, Dr Philippa Page
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In consonance with the overall aim of the degrees offered in the SML, to contribute to students’ broad-based knowledge of aspects of the history, politics, society, and culture of a variety of Latin American countries, through the systematic study of cinema as an art form and a cultural expression of the context within which it is produced.

In addition, this module aims to make aspects of the above available to non-language students from other Schools.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module aims to introduce students to the film cultures of Latin America via a focus on three national cinemas. Students will learn about the development of film industries in the chosen contexts from the mid-20th century to the present day. In the first semester, they will focus on the role played by cinema in the development and contestation of national identities in each national context. In semester two, they will reflect on the representation of other identities and debates in cinema, especially those relating to gender, sexuality, race, and class. Students will be encouraged to consider how these issues interact with the narratives and myths of national identity explored in Semester 1.

The module is organised in order to develop students’ understanding of the social, political, and cultural contexts of the chosen Latin American countries, their familiarity with specific selected films from each place, and their ability to critically analyse films, paying attention to both form and content. The module is comparative in spirit, and students will be required to connect and contrast material from both semesters, as well as from different national contexts.

Lecture material will provide contextual information and introduce students to key theories and debates relating to national identity, gender, sexuality, race, and class, particularly in relation to film. Small group teaching, both online and present-in-person, will encourage close comparative analysis through focus on selected film clips, as well as broader debates informed by theory and context.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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Timetable