Fall 2020

Art as Protest in Spain and Latin America

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-325


Sara J. Brenneis (Section 01)


Many countries in the Spanish-speaking world were ruled by a dictator, autocrat or military junta over the course of the 20th century. 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. We will focus on the history of repressive regimes and the cultures of protest in Spain, Argentina, Chile and Guatemala through films, stories, artwork, poetry and other texts. Throughout the semester, students will mount their own digital exhibition incorporating cultural artifacts from different Spanish-speaking countries and time periods into a pop-up protest museum. Emphasis will also be placed on developing Spanish vocabulary, syntax and fluency to discuss and analyze the causes and effects of repressive regimes and the “subversive” movements that resisted them. Conducted in Spanish. 

This course has been designed with a strong digital component, including for the final project. Instruction will be in person for those on campus; remote and synchronous for those off campus via Zoom; with occasional asynchronous class sessions for all posted to Moodle. All course materials will be available digitally.

Requisite: SPAN 211, SPAN 301 or consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Brenneis.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Languages Other Than English


2020-21: Offered in Fall 2020
Other years: Offered in Fall 2018, Fall 2020