This course is devoted to exploring poetry, chronicles, novels, short stories, and films produced in Chile under Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990) and after the return to democracy. How did the works from the totalitarian period represent dictatorship, and how did authors from democracy reflect on this? These questions will guide our discussion and will help us to discover the ways in which literature and other arts thought about this period of trauma and change. Literary and filmic works by Roberto Bolaño, Pedro Lemebel, José Leandro Urbina, Elvira Hernández, and Patricio Guzmán, among others, will be discussed.
Assignments: 1 short essay (4 pages in length, 25%), 1 presentation (10 mins., 15%), and a final essay (8-10 pages in length, 50%). Participation matters: 10%. You will read an average of 50 pages per week.