Cross Currents: Memory, Myth and Modernity in Latin America (MLS3057)

15 credits

This module explores the diverse ways in which modernity has been negotiated at personal and collective levels in texts drawing on oral/written memory and narrative modes from Argentina, Peru, Cuba and Mexico. It examines critical responses to colonial and contemporary socio-economic and cultural structures and mindsets through narratives of self and myths of community shaped by official/popular and personal memory, and genres spanning popular song, (auto-)biography, film and oral/written testimony. Close critical readings of technically-innovative texts by those seeking to develop culturally- and psychologically-convincing representations of contextual conflicts, will illuminate the problems of modernity and memory in twentieth-century Latin America.