20th Century Latin American Topics:
An Exploration of International Human Rights through Contemporary Latin American Literature and Film
Aurea María Sotomayor
We will examine basic concepts of Human Rights (Carrillo Salcedo, Bruno Simma/Philip Alston, Micheline Ishay, Jack Donnelly) in the context of genocides, gender violence, transitional justice, truth commissions, and massacres in Latin America and the Caribbean, as they are represented in literature and film. Visual and verbal narratives will guide our search in the contemporary poetics and history of violence. Authors such as Philoctete, Dorfman, Eltit, Thays, Rey Rosa and theorists such as Dianne Taylor, Hannah Arendt, Jacques Rancière, Idelver Avelar and Helen Scarry will be the foundation of our inquiry. The course is open to graduate as well as advanced undergraduates, and will be conducted in Spanish.
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