This interdisciplinary course examines how writers, artists, filmmakers, and activists have resisted the censorship, cultural repression and moral authority of dictatorships in Spain and Latin America. Scores of countries in the Spanish-speaking world were ruled by a dictator, autocrat or military junta over the course of the 20th century. In Spain, Francisco Franco ruled unopposed for 39 years, stifling free expression in the country. We will compare the culture of resistance in Spain with films, stories, artwork, and poetry that capture a spirit of protest from throughout Latin America. Possible artists, authors and activists include: Max Aub, Neus Català, Diamela Eltit, Reinaldo Arenas, Rigoberta Menchú, Griselda Gambardo, and Junot Díaz, among many others. This course exposes students to a variety of forms of protest, while also examining the causes and effects of these subversive activities. Conducted in Spanish.
Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Brenneis.