Latin American Cinema: Race, Nation and Representation (SMLM236)

StaffDr Katie Brown - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level7
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module will consider how Latin American cinema today contributes to a questioning of the boundaries of the nation and the legacies of colonialism in Latin America. You will gain a sophisticated knowledge of a selection of contemporary films, and will be enabled to make connections between these texts, and the historical, cultural, linguistic and ideological contexts associated with them.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of debates around race, nation and colonialism in Latin American cinema.
  • 2. Demonstrate an advanced ability to analyse Latin American film texts using appropriate formal and critical terminologies.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Demonstrate a sophisticated and intellectually mature ability to analyse cultural texts and to relate their concerns and their modes of expression to their cultural, linguistic and ideological contexts.
  • 4. Engage critically with relevant theoretical discourses

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Through essay-writing and other assignments, demonstrate advanced research and bibliographic skills, an advanced and intellectually mature capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument and to write clear and correct prose
  • 6. Through the planning and organisation of research projects, demonstrate independence of thought and confidence in developing ideas and formulating questions

Syllabus plan

Part 1: An introduction to issues of nation, race, language, colonialism and ‘otherness’ in Latin American cinema and introduction to relevant theory

Part 2: Case studies of contemporary films from different Latin American countries that explore our key issues. These may vary from year to year. Check the ELE page for details.

Part 3: Students sharing their own research and examples, and presenting conclusions.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching 22Seminars
Guided Independent Study136Seminar preparation
Guided Independent Study142Reading, research and essay preparation

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Research report252500 words1-6Mark and written comments
ESsay755000 words1-6Mark and written comments

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Research reportResearch report1-6Referral/deferral period
EssayEssay1-6Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 50%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Select secondary reading

  • Appelbaum, Nancy P., Anne S. Macpherson, and Karin Alejandra Rosemblat (eds). Race and Nation in Modern Latin America. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003).
  • D'Lugo, Marvin, Ana M. López, and Laura Podalsky. The Routledge Companion to Latin American Cinema (New York, NY: Routledge, 2018)
  • King, John. Magical Reels: A History of Cinema in Latin America (London: Verso, 2000).
  • Wade, Peter, James Scorer and Ignacio Aguiló (eds). Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America and the Caribbean (London: University of London Press, 2019).

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Key words search

Latin America, film, race, nation, indigenous, decolonizing