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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Fall 2006

WGS 340 • Gender in Contemporary Latin American Cinema

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49615 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
MEZ 1.202

Course Description

The main questions this course will address are: what is the role of Latin American cinema in the formation of gender systems?; how does Latin America destabilize patriarchal hegemony?; how can the relationship between marginal sexualites and gender structre in Latin America cinema be characterized? To answer these questions the class will analyze a selection of films produced from the 1930s to the present, focusing on the following topics: maternity, prostitution, machismo, children, sexuality, homosexuality and heterosexuality.

Grading Policy

40%: 4 partial tests 30%: 1 final test 20%: 1 short paper 10%: Participation


A selection of essays and literary works related to films will be prepared by the instructor. It will include texts by Ramirez-Pimienta, David Foster, Jorge Ayala Blanco, Sabina Berman, etc.


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