LALS296 - LATIN AMERICAN FILM: Contemporary Latin American Film
Arguably, the Caribbean's best export continue to be the image of the islands themselves. One looks at a map and traces the curvature of possible pleasures from the warm, lush spot to another. What others from outside (and some from within) want, pay, destroy and exploit to see and what is experienced and seen by inhabitants is both the crisis and the bounty of the Caribbean-not just a blessing or curse, but something that invokes both. Throught the 20th century,Caribbean poets have worked within this crisis of the image, and Caribbean filmmakers have progressively joined the mimetic fray. What repeats from one island to another, and from poetic to cinematic form, is an intense concern about historic and contemporary representation. In this course, we will study the crisis and the fecundity of the image in 20th Century Hispanophone, Angl- phone and Francophone Poetry and Film, and will approach the arc of the Antilles with different desires. The final list of poets could include: Luis Pales Matos, Julia de Burgos, Jose Lezama Lima, Nancy Morejon, Reina Maria Rodriguez, Kamau Braithwaite, Derek Walcott, Aime Cesaire, Edouard Glissant andMonchoachi.