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Arts and politics in Latin America


Admission requirements

There are no special requirements


This course deals with the relationship between cultural expressions - in particular art, literature and film - and politics as well as the different forms of violence in society in Latin America. How do these expressions relate to what is happening in society? Violence can be systemic or subjective, economic or symbolic, political or social. How to understand the Latin American link between economics and violence? Spanish-American texts, urban art, photography, representations and films respond to political events in different ways. For example, it is about how you can find meaning between, for example, the violence of economic and political power and the power of images. For example, we look at the representations that respond in the present to the legacy and memory of the dictatorships in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay or Guatemala. We examine the description of class violence in a Mexican film and the violence of oblivion in an Argentine film. The ultimate aim of this course is to address the relationship between art/film and literature and Latin American politics in a more complex and multifaceted way.

Course objectives

-To gain insight in the ways arts engage with 'the political';
-To acquire knowledge of the ties between Latin American culture/art and politics in a complex and multifaceted way;
-To acquire knowledge of some crucial Latin American cultural expressions;
-To learn how to read, look and think critically;
-To develop techniques of cultural analysis.



Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Participation (do not miss out more than 3 classes) (pass/fail). There is no resit opportunity for this assignment.

  • An individual assignment and a group assignment (video) (35%) There is no resit opportunity for this assignment.

  • Paper (65%) 3500 words. 

  • Students who fail their paper must take a resit and hand in an improved version.


  • An individual and a group assignment (35%)

  • Paper: 65%

In order to pass this course, students need a minimum average grade of at least 5.5 with a minimum grade of 5.5 for their final paper. Resit Students who fail their paper, must take a resit and hand in an improved version.


Resit by means of a paper (100%).

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 and in a special folder with texts.


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