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El lugar de lo político en la literatura y el cine


Admission requirements

Advanced level of Spanish (C1-C2). Students with advanced knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese and a passive knowledge of Spanish (listening and reading) will be accepted, and may be expressed orally and in writing in Portuguese.


This course aims to discuss and analyze the place of politics in Latin American culture. Concepts of international and Latin American theory, with special attention to the relationship between image, speech, fiction and community use. The leitmotif of the seminar is to distinguish the place of politics in Latin American literary and cinematic fiction in the twentieth and twenty-first century. More particularly, this course will focus on the redeployment of sensitivity that could generate an aesthetic and political reconfiguration.

Course objectives

a) General: stimulate theoretical abstraction and reasoning ability, comprehension and discussion of speculative texts and competition in the concrete analysis of complex examples.

b) Specific: propose a hypothesis about the tensions between politics and fiction into a work of fiction.


Timetable MA LAS

Timetable ResMA LAS

Mode of instruction

  • 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

  • Active participation in class (being present at least 80% of the classes, having read the texts beforehand). This will be evaluated in the discussion and presentation of text: 20% of the mark;

  • Presentation of one of theoretical texts: 20% of the grade;

  • Written work: 60% of the grade.

The papers for students taking this course as part of their LAS Research Master are expected to formulate a research question that is strongly theoretically embedded and related in their case study to a key debate on Latin American Modernities (discussed in the ResMA core courses). To this end, ResMA students can request one extra individual meeting focused on helping them develop their theoretical framework accordingly.

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.

Written work 100% of the mark.

Exam review

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

  • Documents on Blackboard and:

  • Buck Morss, Susan. Dialectics of seeing. Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project. Madrid, Visor, 1995.

  • Jacqes Rancière, El desacuerdo, política y filosofía.(Disagreement, politics and philosophy), Buenos Aires, Argentina Nueva Visión , 2008. ISBN 9789506023478


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in Engels and Nederlands

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

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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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