Offensive Images. The Unthinkable, the Untreatable, and the Unrepresentable. Visual and Textual Culture in Latin America.
Images of destruction, pictures of war, paintings excluded by the mainstream culture, political texts, and revolutionary iconography will be used to familiarize the students with the production and consumption of visual and textual culture and the concept of "offensiveness" in Latin America. What do pictures of mutilated soldiers, chronicles of torture, posters of a drag queen "Evita", and comics of UFOs invading Argentina have in common? All these productions have been segregated or displaced for being "offensive" to culture, society, or even to the Nations. In this course we will explore different Latin-American visual and textual productions from the 19th century to the present paying special attention to the so-called "social commerce of imagery" and the discourses that make these images and texts unthinkable, untreatable, intolerable, or simply "offensive."
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